|Botanical Nomenclature||Scandix veneris|
|Common Name||Shepherd's-Needle, Venus' Comb, Venus's Needle|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Scandix veneris is an annual herbaceous plant growing from 10 to 30cm, with pubescent bark, small, linear, serrated leaves and white flowers. The flowering lasts from February to April and the harvesting takes place just before blooming.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Stem|
|Active Substances||Vitamin C, carotene, minerals (iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus), lipids, palmitic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, proteins, carbohydrates|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has tonic, diuretic, laxative, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue and expectorant properties. The aqueous plant's extract has antioxidant and antiinflammatory actions. Studies have shown that plant's extract stimulates the function of the digestive system and it also helps in the treatment of hypertension.|
|Method of Administration||It is administered as a diuretic and laxative in the form of herbal tea (2-3 cups a day), as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in the form of aqueous herbal extract (made from the fresh plant). Finally it can be consumed as fresh salad.
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, Β' τόμος, σελίδες: 492-493 2)http://www.cropj.com/liopa_8_1_2014_103_108.pdf 3)http://www.wssp.org.pk/vol-20-4-2014/10.%20PJWSR-56-2013.pdf 4)http://www.agriamanitaria.gr/?gallery=%CE%BC%CF%85%CF%81%CF%8E%CE%BD%CE%B9-scandix-pecten-veneris 5)http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.gr/2012/08/shepherds-needle-used-by-ancient.html 6)http://3lyk-n-filad.att.sch.gr/secret/botana/3Fyta/Mironi/Mironi.html|