Colt's Foot Leaf
Colt's Foot is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family and is known scientifically as Tussilago farfara. Colt's Foot has a yellow flower and is a perennial plant that stand 10 to 30 cm tall. The leaves and flower are harvested for use either fresh or dried.
Colt's Foot contains 7-8% mucilages, specifically acidic polysaccharides, tannins, steriods such as beta-sitosterol and campesterol, triterpenes such as alpha- and beta-amyrin, arnidiol, and faradiol, flavonoids, and pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Pyrrolizidine alkaloids have noted antibacterial, carcinogenic and hepatotoxic effects, while mucin polysaccharides have anti-inflammatory activities.
Colt's Foot is known to have been used for cough, bronchitis, and inflammation of the mouth and pharynx.
It is recommended that the flower blossoms be taken with precaution due to the hepatotoxic and carcinogenic content.
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Cautions Not to be used during pregnancy.