|Botanical Nomenclature||Teucrium chamaedrys|
|Common Name||Wall Germander|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Teucrium chamaedrys is a biennial, herbaceous plant growing up to 30cm, with oval, lanceolate, wavy leaves and pink flowers in inflorescences. The flowering and the harvesting take place from July to September and the fruiting lasts from August to September.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers, the whole plant|
|Active Substances||Essential oil, tannins, bitter agents, polyphenols, flavonoids, saponins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has tonic, diuretic, astringent, antirheumatic, antipyretic and healing properties. It is administered in the form of infusion for the treatment of jaundice, asthma, runny nose, amenorrhea, stomach and duodenal ulcer and respiratory infections (cold, flu). Due to the contained bitter agents the herbal infusion has digestive properties, as well it stimulates the appetite and the function of bile and kidneys.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as diuretic, anti-inflammatory and orexigenic in form of infusion (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiling water, three times a day, before eating). It is applied externally against rheumatic pains in the form of ointment or poultice.
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 are reported. Overdose and long-term use may cause hepatotoxicity.|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, Β' τόμος, σελίδες: 521-523 2)Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδα 316-317 3)Martin de Bock, Jose G. B. Derraik, Christine M. Brennan, Janene B. Biggs, Philip E. Morgan, Steven C. Hodgkinson, Paul L. Hofman, Wayne S. Cutfield. Olive (Olea europaea L.) Leaf Polyphenols Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Middle-Aged Overweight Men: 4)http://health-from-nature.net/Wall_Germander.html 5)http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/g/gerwal11.html 6)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/t/teucrium-chamaedrys=wall-germander.php|