|Botanical Nomenclature||Pulicaria dysenterica or Inula Dysenterica or Hirta|
|Common Name||Fleabane, Meadow False Fleabane|
|Taxonomy- Family||Compositae or Asteraceae|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Pulicaria dysenterica is a plant growing from 20 to 60cm, with wavy, oval, white leaves and yellow flowers with large pseudanthium. The flowering and the harvesting take place from September to October.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Gramos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves, root|
|Active Substances||Inulin, essential oil, terpenes, bitter agents, lipophilic O-methylated flavonoids|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has healing, appetizing (due to the contained bitter agents) and anti-diarrheal properties. It is used for treatment of dysentery (crushed leaves), as well to stimulate the digestion. Also, it is recommended in the form of herbal tea or plant's extract against cough and bronchitis, as it has expectorant and sedative properties.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as orexigenic in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiled water) and in the form of tincture (1: 5 parts of plant's extract and ethyl alcohol 70%, 1-2mL, 3 times a day). It is applied externally in the form of paste to heal open wounds.
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.|