Physiological Action. - Coltsfoot is emollient, demulcent, and slightly tonic.

Therapeutic Action. - Coltsfoot is a popular remedy for pulmonary complaints, especially chronic coughs.

Dr. Cullen employed the expressed juice in scrofulous cases.

The leaves, as well as the capitula, may be employed, a handful being boiled in a couple of pints of water till the quantity of fluid is reduced by one-half.

The ancients were accustomed to smoke coltsfoot for the relief of obstinate cough, whence the expressive name Tussilago.

The root, prepared with honey, was anciently used for ulcerations of the lungs.

Preparations And Dose. - Non-officinal. May be taken almost ad libitum.