|Botanical Nomenclature||Coronilla emeroides|
|Common Name||Scorpion Senna|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Coronilla emeroides is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing up to 2m, with composite, linear or oval leaves, green branches, spherical fruits (legumes) and solitary flowers in yellow inflorescences. The flowering lasts from June to November and the fruiting takes place from August to November.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves|
|Active Substances||Glycosides, furanocoumarins, coumarins, corollin, catartin, psoralens|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant is used as a diuretic, cardiotonic and emetic. The poultice made from the leaves is used for the treatment of rheumatism and the muscle cramps. Finally, in folk medicine it is recommended as a laxative like senna leaves.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as a diuretic and emetic in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day) and in the form of essential oil. 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||Overdose may cause diarrhea.|
|References||1) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Coronilla+varia 2) http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Coronilla_emerus 3) http://medicinalplants.us/coronilla-species 4)http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Coronilla+varia 5)http://bijh.zrc-sazu.si/sites/default/files/9789612541057.pdf|