|Botanical Nomenclature||Phaseolus vulgaris|
|Common Name||Common Bean, Field Bean, Flageolet Bean, French Bean, Garden Bean, Green Bean, Haricot Bean, Pop Bean, Snap Bean, String Bean|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Phaseolus vulgaris is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing up to 4m, with compound leaves which consist of three oval leaflets and white or purple flowers. The fruits (beans) are green, fleshy lobes with oval, slightly curved shape. The flowering and the harvesting take place from July to September.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Bulbs|
|Active Substances||Nitrogenous compounds, fat, starch, carbohydrates, proteins, cellulose, toxalbumin, betaine, trigonelline, tyrosine, arginine, minerals (magnesium, sodium, potassium, manganese, iron, phosphorous), vitamin A, B, C, glykosinine|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The plant has diuretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, hypoglycaemic and vasodilatory properties. The herbal tea is administered for the treatment of urinary retention, various renal diseases, diabetes, obesity, edema, gout and rheumatism. It is applied externally to the skin in the form of poultice against skin ulcers, eczema and joint pain.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (4 spoons of dried herb in 2L of boiled water 2 to 3 cups a day, half an hour before eating). It is applied externally to the skin as analgesic and anti-inflammatory in the form of poultice made from the fresh plant.
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 nausea and vomiting.|
|References||1) http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/phaseolus-vulgaris-common-bean 2) http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Herbal_-_HMPC_assessment_report/2013/05/WC500143263.pdf 3) http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Phaseolus+vulgaris 4) http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Phaseolus_vulgaris 5) http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/p/phaseolus-vulgaris=french-bean.php|