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Spanish: MARRUBIO, Manrubia O MATA ASH.

English: Horehound / Marrubium.

French: Marrube.

From the family of Labiadas.

Or intestinal infectious fevers. Infections of the blood. Typhus. Malaria. Malta fever. Ailments of the respiratory.

In almost all countries, this plant has medicinal applications. It is used mainly against bile, dysentery and stomach pain, in addition to expel intestinal parasites recommended the infusion of its branches for use as water fasting, for ulcers and wounds some twigs are boiled in a liter of water and applied as poultice, to prevent hair loss or keep it healthy, it is suggested to use the leaves are boiled. Manrrubio is also used for fever, intestinal infections, diarrhea or as antiseptic. In some other regions are considered a good tonic stomach, helps digestion and is useful against colds, bronchitis, rheumatism, hemorrhoids or to regulate menstruation. On the other hand, is well known that it has the virtue to cure cough, asthma, inflammation of the throat and spots on the skin.

Herbaceous 30 to 80 cm. tall leaves with bitter taste, with the stem of pelillos covered with leaves and whitish appearance opposite way round. Its tube - shaped flowers, small fruits and nuts originate. It is from Europe and live in warm climates, dry and mild, so grows wild and is associated with the tropical deciduous forest, Xeric scrublands, and mountain cloud forest of oak and mixed pine.

Used Part.

Leaves, flowering tops.

Active Principles.

Lactones diterpénicas (bitter principles) marrubiína (1%) other diterpenos (marrubiol, peregrinol, vulgarol) phenolic acids (marrubíico) traces of essential oil, choline, tannins (2 - 3%) minerals (Fe, K) Saponosides, flavonoids: apinenina, vitexina, luteolina.

Drug Action.

The principles bitter confer properties appetizers, digestive and balsamic (expectorant) acting on the bronchial tree that contribute to the saponosides, as well give it a mild hypoglycemic action, antipyretic and colerética (action reinforced by phenolic acids) The potassium salts are responsible for its diuretic action.


Inappetence, dyspepsia hiposecretoras, Hepatobiliary dyskinesias.

Bronchitis, asthma, colds, flu.

States that require an increase in urine output: genitourinary disorders (cystitis, ureteritis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, oliguria, urolithiasis) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, high blood pressure, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention.


Dyspepsia hipersecretoras (lactones Sesquiterpenes stimulates the secretion cloropéptica)

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcoholic content for oral administration in children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

This is a drug of a bitter - salty, so it can not be tolerated if there gastroenteritis or syndromes which result in nausea or vomiting. When prescribing in herbal teas, associate to recommend remedial organoleptic, preferably bark of bitter orange or mint.

Caution / Poisoning.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: one tablespoon per cup of dessert. Infuse ten minutes. Three cups a day earlier (as a starter) or after a meal.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 25 to 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

Dust: 100 mg / capsule, one to five shots a day.


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