Current Issues of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

A botanical and pharmacological description of petasites species

Curr Issues Pharm Med Sci., Vol. 28, No. 3, Pages 151-154

Jerzy Tys1, Aleksandra Szopa2, Justyna Lalak1, Mariola Chmielewska1,
Anna Serefko2, Ewa Poleszak2*

1 The Bohdan Dobrzanski Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Doswiadczalna 4, 20-290 Lublin, Poland
2 Chair and Department of Applied Pharmacy, Medical University of Lublin, Chodzki 1, 20-093 Lublin, Poland


DOI: 10.1515/cipms-2015-0062

Abstract

The objective of this review was to evaluate the botanical and pharmacological description of Petasites species. Petasides (butterbur) as a perennial shrub which was found in Europe and also in a parts of Asia and North America, has been widely used medicinally for centuries. At present, the main phytopharmacology uses for Petasides extracts are for prophylactic treatment of migraines, as well as an antispasmodic agent for bronchial asthma and pertussis. Furthermore, it has been used effectively in preventing gastric ulcers, and in urinary tract spasms and treating patients with irritable bladder. But still, there is a need for more studies on the potential applications of butterbur extract in medicine.

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Keywords

pharmacological studies, clinical trials, migraine, asthma, gastroenteritis.

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