Borage (Borago officinalis L.) – a valuable medicinal plant used in herbal medicine

MARZENA PIESZAK, PRZEMYSŁAW Ł. MIKOŁAJCZAK, KATARZYNA MANIKOWSKA

Abstract

In Europe, the use of herbs in the treatment of various ailments had been natural for centuries. Nowadays, phytotherapy is a way to support typical pharmacotherapy of many diseases. Borage (Borago officinalis L.) is one out of more than 20 000 plants of therapeutic properties. The results of some studies indicate that Borago officinalis L. is commonly used adjunctively in disorders of the respiratory system, urinary tract, arthritis and skin problems. Biologically active compounds found in borage oil are used as additives in the treatment of atherosclerosis, as well as in the regulation of certain metabolic processes.
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