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Monograph: Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis - Root

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This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLAs) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient.Notes: (i) Text in parentheses is additional optional information which can be included on the PLA and product label at the applicant's discretion. (ii) The solidus (/) indicates that the terms and/or the statements are synonymous. Either term or statement may be selected by the applicant.

Date: 2013-05-23

NHPID Name

Althaea officinalis (USDA 2008)

Proper Name(s)

Althaea officinalis L. (Malvaceae) ( USDA 2013 , McGuffin et al. 2000 )

Common Name(s)

Source Material

Root ( Blumenthal et al. 2000 , BHP 1983 , Grieve 1931 )

Route Of Administration

Oral

Dosage Form(s)

  • The acceptable pharmaceutical dosage forms include, but are not limited to capsules, chewables (e.g. gummies, tablets), liquids, powders, strips or tablets.
  • This monograph is not intended to include foods or food-like dosage forms such as bars, chewing gums or beverages.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Dose(s)

Children 3 - 6 years:

RELIEF OF ORAL AND PHARYNGEAL MUCOSA IRRITATION & DRY COUGH
Preparation: Cold Infusion

Dose(s): 1.5 - 3 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Preparation: Powdered

Dose(s): 1.5 - 3 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Children 6 - 12 years:

RELIEF OF ORAL AND PHARYNGEAL MUCOSA IRRITATION & DRY COUGH
Preparation: Cold Infusion

Dose(s): 1.5 - 4.5 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Preparation: Powdered

Dose(s): 1.5 - 4.5 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Adolescents 13 - 18 years:

RELIEF OF ORAL AND PHARYNGEAL MUCOSA IRRITATION & DRY COUGH
Preparation: Cold Infusion

Dose(s): 1.5 - 15 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Preparation: Powdered

Dose(s): 1.5 - 15 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Adults:

RELIEF OF GASTROINTESTINAL IRRITATION
Preparation: Cold Infusion

Dose(s): 6 - 15 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

RELIEF OF ORAL AND PHARYNGEAL MUCOSA IRRITATION & DRY COUGH
Preparation: Cold Infusion

Dose(s): 1.5 - 15 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Preparation: Powdered

Dose(s): 1.5 - 15 Grams per day, dried root
Directions For Use:

Preparation: Tincture

Dose(s): 1 - 15 Grams per day, (1:5, in 25% ethanol)
Directions For Use:

Duration of use

No statement is required

Risk Information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s):
  • If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a health care practitioner.
  • If you are pregnant of breastfeeding, consult a health care practitioner prior to use.

Contraindication(s):
No statement is required

Known Adverse Reaction(s):
No statement is required

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage Conditions

No statement required.

Specifications

  • The finished product specifications must be established in accordance with the requirements described in the NHPD Quality of Natural Health Products Guide.
  • The medicinal ingredient must comply with the requirements outlined in the Natural Health Products Ingredient Database (NHPID).
  • The medicinal ingredient may comply with the specifications outlined in the Marshmallow monographs published in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) and European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.)

References cited

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