|Botanical Nomenclature||Ballota acetabulosa|
|Common Name||False Dittany, Greek Horehound|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Ballota acetabulosa is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 20 to 60cm, with heart-shaped, pubescent leaves and red or purple, pubescent flowers. The flowering and the harvesting take place from June to August.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Metsovo, Peristeri, Pindos, Vikos-Aoos, Dousko Mountain)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Aboveground plant parts|
|Active Substances||Glycosides, chlorogenic acid, essential oil, depsin, bitter resin, diterpene lactones|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has antimicrobial, stimulant, spasmolytic, sudorific, diuretic and expectorant properties. It is administered in the form of infusion for the treatment of kidney stones, gout, diabetes, depression, anxiety and hysteria. In folk medicine it is applied externally in the form of poultice against burns and skin wounds. Finally, in homeopathy it is recommended in the form of tincture against cough, insomnia and the disorders of the nervous system.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as diuretic, antidiabetic and depressant in the form of infusion (15g of dried herb in 500mL of boiling water, 2-3 times a day) and juice. In homeopathy it is administered against cough and insomnia in the form of tincture (25-40 drops, 3 times a day). In folk medicine is recommended as soothing and healing in the form of poultice (external use).
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)Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, A' τόμος, σελίδες: 140 2)http://robinsyard.blogspot.gr/2012/03/ballota-acetabulosa.html 3)http://www.alekati.gr/%CE%B2%CE%B1%CE%BB%CF%89%CF%84%CE%AE 4)http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo228592.htm 5)http://bloomingadvantage.com/static/Ballota-acetabulosa-All-Hallows-Green.html 6)http://filotis.itia.ntua.gr/home/|