|Botanical Nomenclature||Herniaria glabra|
|Common Name||Smooth Rupturewort|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Herniaria glabra is an annual or perennial plant growing up to 20cm, with oblong, green leaves and small, green, hermaphrodite flowers in inflorescences of 7 to 10 flowers. The flowering and the harvesting last from May to July and the fruiting takes pace in August.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Aboveground plant parts|
|Active Substances||Coumarins, flavonoids, phenolic acid, saponins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The infusion is used as anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, spasmolytic, antidiarrheal, sudorific, analgesic, antipyretic and healing. It is recommended for the treatment of cholelithiasis, nephrolithiasis, fluid retention, cystitis and other urinary tract's infections, as well against gout and myalgia. It is also used against bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pleurisy, shortness of breath, tuberculosis, cough, pertussis and lungs' inflammation. The poultice of the plant is applied externally to the skin as healing and astringent and it is recommended against ulcers, burns, bruises, wounds and inflammations. Finally, the herbal extract has appetizing and neurotoxic actions and it is administered against gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, as well against nervous exhaustion.|
|Method of Administration||It is administered as diuretic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory in the form of infusion (2-3 spoons of dried herb in a cup of boiling water, twice a day) and in the form of tincture (3-4 drops, before eating). It is applied externally to the skin as healing and astringent in the form of poultice made from the fresh plant.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects have been reported.|
|References||1) http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Herniaria+glabra 2) http://www.herbcottage.com.au/rupturewort.html 3) http://www.haniotika-nea.gr/igia-votana/ 4)http://robinsyard.blogspot.gr/2012/03/herniaria-glabra.html 5)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Herniaria_glabra 6)http://www.perennials.com/plants/herniaria-glabra.html|