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Marshmallow has been used in traditional European medicine for more than 2,000 years with its therapeutic use first recorded in the ninth Century.  It was widely used in Greek medicine and later in Arabian medicine.  Emperor Charlemagne ordered marshmallow cultivation in monasteries (1).

Traditionally marshmallow has been used to calm the inflammation of the gastric mucosa, diarrhea, peptic ulcers and constipation (2,3).

There are no current studies on Althaea offinalis in the treatment of IBS.


  1. Beaune A, and Balea T. Anti-inflammatory experimental properties of marshmallow: its potentiating action on the local effects of corticoids. Therapie. 1966;21(2):341-347.
  2. Marshmallow. Herbalpedia. 2010. Accessed March 2018.
  3. Marshmallow. WebMD. Accessed March 2018.