Botanical Name: Plantago major, Common names: Plantain, Ribwort, Common plantain
Traditional use: Plantain has been used widely since ancient times, to manage a wide range of diseases including constipation, coughs and wounds and broken bones. Ointments or lotions prepared with the common plantain leaves may be used to cure hemorrhoids, fistulae or ulcers.
Phytochemical investigations showed that Plantago major contains volatile compounds, triterpenoids, phenolic acids and flavonoids. Some of its traditional properties including wound healing, antipyretic, antitussive, anti-infective, anti-hemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, laxative, astringent and hemostatic have been confirmed in recent researches.
For more detailed information about the uses of this herb as a medicine, please see the reference below.
1. Plantago major in Traditional Persian Medicine and modern phytotherapy: a narrative review, Electron Physician. 2018 Feb; 10(2): 6390–6399 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5878035/