Butterbur is also known as Tussilago Petasites, purple butterbur, Petasites, Butterfly-dock, and Pestilence wort.


The plant is native to Asia and Europe1. It can be found in fields, disturbed sites, meadows, shores of lakes and rivers. The butterbur grows fast in moist environments.

BUTTER-BUR flowers

Taxonomic information

Order: Asterales

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Petasites

Species: Tussilago petasites


The Butterbur is spineless and grows approximately 2 ft in height. This plant has thick climbing resistance rhizomes. They have large leaves during the developing season. The simple leaves are 1-2 ft in diameter, roundish, and kidney-shaped or heart-shaped. The flowers are pink to purple. They are branched approximately 50-60 once. The fruits are 3-mm in length with a smooth, granular hairy pappus.

Part Used

The Tussilago Petasites plant is used for different medicinal effects. The extracts have been created by crashing from the leaves, rhizomes, and roots.

butterbur plant

Traditional Uses and Benefits

Butterbur extract is used in traditional and alternative medicine to treat migraines, diarrhea, and other ailments.


Tussilago Petasites is effective against migraine prevention in allopathic medicine3.

Menstrual problems

Butterbur extract will provide menstrual wellness to a woman suffering from various menstrual problems.

Natural preventives

It is also used as natural preservatives in different fields.

The Allergic Patient

The plant extract is an alternative for those who suffer from complex ‘allergic rhinitis.’


The chemicals found in the Tussilago Petasites can also help to heal chronic Asthma.


Butterbur extract has Anti-inflammatory properties.

Treating Anxiety

Patients with somatoform disorders may use the butterbur extract for better results.

There is insufficient evidence that Butterbur extract dispense impacts treating pain, cough, insomnia, irritable bladder, chills, and urinary tract spasms.

Dosage and Precautions

For adults, the Butterbur extracts should be used 50-75 mg twice every day.

For children 6-9 years of age, the Butterbur extract should be 25-40 mg per day.

Migraine prevention for children and adolescents 9 to 17 years: Butterbur extract 100 to 150 mg/day in 2 divided doses.

butter bur plant flower


Excess consumption of Butterbur extract may cause liver toxicity. Administering drugs for prolonged and high-dose can cause itchy eyes, drowsiness, belching, headache, upset stomach, and fatigue. Some adverse reactions are noted during clinical tests of Butterbur drugs.


The Butterbur extract may interact with pre and post-surgery medicines. It’s not recommended during pregnancy. All drugs show potential toxic effects4 if administered for a long time with high doses. It can have issues like- flatulence, nausea, and belching. Always consult a physician before consuming any drugs. 



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  1. Indigenous: Retrieved from the wikipedia.org website. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites
  1. Taxonomic information: Retrieved from the sciencedirect.com website. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/petasites
  1. Allopathic medicine: Retrieved from the sigmaaldrich.com website. https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/nutrition-research/learning-center/plant-profiler/petasites-hybridus.html
  1. Toxic effects: Retrieved from the webmd.com website. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-649/butterbur