Advances in Integrative Medicine

Volume 5, Issue 3, December 2018, Pages 112-118

Advances in Integrative Medicine

Narrative ReviewA Narrative study about the role of Viola odorata as traditional medicinal plant in management of respiratory problems

Author links open overlay panelMohaddeseMahboubiaLeila MohammadTaghizadeh KashanibShow moreOutlineShareCite rights and content



Viola odorata as medicinal plant is used as poultice for treatment of headache, cough, colds, bronchitis, and fever in different Traditional medicines. To ascertain the extent of knowledge around its traditional use, the efficacy of V. odorata was evaluated in management of respiratory ailments as antitussive, febrifuge, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious agents.


Traditional and modern information about V. odorata use in cough, colds, bronchitis, fever as well as V. odorata’s effects on clinical symptoms of respiratory problems was sourced from scientific databases and traditional resources.


V. odorata appears to be well known in several medicinal systems (Iranian, Greco-Arab, Ayurvedic and Unani) for treatment of whooping cough, headaches, migraine, insomnia, sore throat and epilepsy in children and adults. Modern clinical studies appear to confirm the efficacy of V. odorata syrup in cough, insomnia and migraine observed in traditional studies. V. odorata (as a syrup) appears to be a safe treatment for management of respiratory ailments in children. The efficacy of V. odorata in treatment of pain, fever, cough, infection and inflammation may make it a suitable treatment for respiratory ailments.

Conclusion Larger clinical studies are required ………………….my remark: this will not be done unless a philanthropist will pay for this…..nothing to earn on this plant

Larger clinical studies are required to confirm the effectiveness of V. odorata as an acceptable treatment for respiratory related problems in children and adults.


Viola odorataExpectorantAntitussiveFebrifugeCoughHeadache

An excellent combination is that of Sambucus, Tilia and Viola odorata [equal parts]