Respiratory System Support
Butterbur root has a long history as a medicinal herb since its usage dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used as a remedy for the plague, to help alleviate headaches and wounds, as well as to treat respiratory irritations such as asthma and cough.
A true anti-allergy agent, Butterbur root is prescribed today to soothe symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, nasal discharges, and itchiness around the eyes – all without inducing drowsiness or any side-effects usually linked to ingesting antihistamine treatments.
Migraine and Hay Fever Treatment
In our modern times, derivatives from Butterbur plant have been used to alleviate migraine attacks and hay fever (allergic rhinitis) due to supporting the healthy blood flow in the head.
Butterbur contains petasin and isopetasin which, according to studies, can alleviate the pain in severe migraine attacks – even for children.
A clinical study in children found that taking a specific butterbur rhizome extract was superior to placebo and equivalent to music therapy in reducing migraine headaches. Another study also found that butterbur extract may decrease the frequency of migraine headaches in children aged 6-17 years.
Butterbur has also been studied and found to be effective in a treatment of hay fever without the sedative effects of antihistamines.
Heart and Kidney Health
Butterbur is regularly used as a health tonic to strengthen the heart and kidneys.
Other traditional medical uses of Butterbur root include treatment of urinary tract disorders, spasms, gastrointestinal problems, and cramping.
In some cultures Butterbur was used in the treatment of sores, depression, obesity, and gastrointestinal parasitic infestation.