The leaves, flowers and the root of A. officinalis (marshmallow) have been used in traditional herbal medicine. This use is reflected in the name of the genus, which comes from the Greek ἄλθειν (althein), meaning “to heal.”[3]

Marshmallow was traditionally used as relief for irritation of mucous membranes,[8] including use as a gargle for mouth and throat ulcers and gastric ulcers.[9] In Russia, the root syrup is sold without a prescription by pharmacies, with intent to treat minor respiratory ailments.[10]

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