|Botanical Nomenclature||Carlina acaulis|
|Common Name||Dwarf Carline Thistle, Silver Thistle, Stemless Carline Thistle|
|Taxonomy- Family||Compositae or Asteraceae|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Carlina acaulis is a biennial or perennial, spiny plant growing up to 30cm, with spiny, lanceolate leaves in rosette and long, lanceolate, white bracts, which close when the weather is wet. The flowering lasts from July to September and the harvesting takes place from April to October|
|Region Found||Epirus (Pindos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Root|
|Active Substances||Essential oil, resin, inulin, carlin-oxide, thiamine, tannins, flavonoids|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is used as diuretic, tonic, antibiotic, sudorific, antipyretic, digestive, laxative and emetic. It is recommended against bronchitis, ascites, prostate and rheumatism. It is applied externally to the skin as antiseptic to heal the open wounds, as well for the treatment of herpes and toothache.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as diuretic and expectorant in the form of herbal tea (1-2 spoons of dried root in 500mL of boiled water, 2 times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening), which can also be applied externally to the skin as antiseptic.
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 can cause vomiting and diarrhea.|
|References||1)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-100-carlina.aspx?activeingredientid=100&activeingredientname=carlina 2)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/c/carlina-acaulis=stemless-carline-thistle.php 3)http://www.medizzine.com/en/plants/carline.php#e 4)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Carlina+acaulis 5)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21678234|