|Botanical Nomenclature||Utricularia vulgaris|
|Common Name||Common Bladderwort, Greater Bladderwort|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Utricularia vulgaris is a bladderwort, carnivorous plant, which mainly grows under the water surface. The plush leaves are finely pinnately divided and carry many bladder-like traps and encircle micro-organisms from which the plant feeds. The decomposition of the encircled micro-organisms happens on the inside part of these traps by saprophytic bacteria. The small, yellow flowers are borne on stalks above the surface of the water from July to August, while in winter they are transformed into small bulblets, allocated under the water surface.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves, root|
|Active Substances||Fatty acids, glycolipids, minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, phosphate), trace elements|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The leaves have diuretic, healing, astringent and soothing properties and they are recommended in the form of herbal tea for the treatment of urinary tract infections, kidney stones, urinary retention and obesity. The poultice made from the fresh leaves is applied externally to the skin against burns, edema, inflammations and wounds.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as diuretic in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried leaves in a cup of boiled water, 3-4 times daily). It is applied externally to the skin as astringent and healing 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.|
|References||1) file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/102-104-2-PB.pdf 2)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1399-3054.1985.tb02353.x/abstract;jsessionid=8E57D49EFD486CC6B7D26E004307DE4A.f03t04?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage= 3)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3353273/ 4)http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/greater_bladderwort.htm 5)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-317-bladderwort.aspx?activeingredientid=317&activeingredientname=bladderwort 6) http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/u/utricularia-vulgaris=bladderwort.php|