Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) is found in the tropical areas of the world. Plantain is a perennial herb with large, simple leaves and berry fruit. This seedless fruit is the medicinal part of plantain. It contains polysaccharides, protein, ascorbic acid, amine, and fruit acids. Plantain is a starchy fruit with antiulcerogenic and cholesterol-reducing effects. It is often used for gastrointestinal complaints, dyspepsia, hypertension, diarrhea, scurvy, and gout. Plantain is a good source of potassium.
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is a brush-like flower with pronounced ribs on the leavesfound in the cool temperate regions of the world. The liquid extract and the pressed juice of the fresh plant exhibit proven antibacterial properties, as well as a tightening, astringent action. English Plantain is used primarily for inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. In folk medicine, it has been used to stop bleeding. It is used for broncitis, cough, cold, fever, skin inflammation, sore throat, tendency to infection, and wounds.
Food Sources The amine component of plantain may cause migraine headaches in some people.
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Cautions The amine component of plantain may cause migraine headaches in some people.