|Botanical Nomenclature||Blitum bonus-henricus|
|Common Name||English Mercury, Good-King-Henry, Lincolnshire Spinach, Markery, Mercury Goosefoot, Perennial Goosefoot, Poor-Man's Asparagus|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Blitum bonus-henricus is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 5 to 80cm, with triangular, lanceolate, white leaves and small, green flowers in inflorescences. The flowering and the harvesting take place from May to August.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Root, seeds|
|Active Substances||Saponins, steroids, oxalic acid, inorganic salts, vitamins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea as softener, laxative and anthelmintic mainly in children. Also, it is applied externally in the form of poultice made from the fresh leaves as healing against skin wounds, rashes and skin inflammations.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as laxative and softener in the form of herbal tea (2-3 spoons of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day), while it is applied externally to the skin in the form of poultice made from the fresh leaves.
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. Plant's consumption must be avoided in patients with impaired renal function|
|References||1)Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδες 254-255 2)http://www.reherb.eu/el/content/blitum-bonus-henricus 3)file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/foods-04-00140.pdf 4)http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?latinname=Chenopodium+bonus-henricus 5)http://www.plantnames.unimelb.edu.au/Sorting/Chenopodium.html|