[Plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.): anti-inflammatory action in upper respiratory tract infections]

Wien Med Wochenschr. 1999;149(8-10):211-6.
[Article in German]


Plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.) is used for the therapy of infections of the upper respiratory airways. While only few clinical data are available, results of experimental research confirm e.g. antiinflammatory, spasmolytic and immunostimulatory actions. A positive benefit-risk-ratio allows the recommendation of plantain in moderate chronic irritative cough, also especially for children.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / adverse effects
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease
  • Cough / drug therapy*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Humans
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Plantago*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / drug therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Plant Extracts