Serving Size: 1 Softgel
Extract of Petasites hybridus (Butterbur) (28:1) (minimum 7.5mg of Petasin and Isopetasin) … 50 mg
Non-medicinal ingredients: riboflavin (coloring), glycerol, sorbitol, titanium dioxide.Softgel: gelatin. Manufactured by: Weber & Weber Int. GmbH & CO.KG, Germany
AOR Guarantees: that no ingredients not listed on the label have been added to the product. Contains no wheat, gluten, corn, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, fish or shellfish.
Source: Petasites hybridus root
What Is It?
Petasites hybridus (butterbur) is a shrub found in Europe, Asia and North America. Its earliest recorded use as a medicine was during the middle ages when it was used to treat plague and fever; in the 17th century its use was noted in treating cough, respiratory illnesses and skin wounds.
What Does It Do?Primary Uses: Butterbur is mostly used as a support for migraine headaches due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic activity. Clinical trials have demonstrated butterbur's effectiveness for migraine prevention, with subjects experiencing as much as a 60% drop in the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine attacks compared to placebo groups.
Secondary Uses: Butterbur is also used to support respiratory inflammation as well as gastrointestinal disorders. A 1998 study in patients with inflammatory respiratory disorders found that butterbur reduced bronchial reactivity, especially in those not already taking corticosteroids. Another study demonstrated that butterbur compares favourably with the drug cetirizine in treating seasonal allergic rhinitis without the sedative effects associated with this antihistamine. In a 1993 study, butterbur was found to be capable of blocking ethanol-induced gastric damage and reducing damage to the small intestine caused by indomethacin, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritic conditions.
Who Should Take It?
Sufferers of migraines, inflammatory respiratory disorders or a stuffy nose may find some relief when using butterbur regularly. Butterbur may also be a good supplement for people taking anti-inflammatory medications regularly.
Take 1 softgel three times daily with meals for 4 weeks. Thereafter, take one softgel twice a day for three months, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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