|Botanical Nomenclature||Cheiranthus cheiri|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Cheiranthus cheiri is a perennial plant growing up to 50cm, with narrow, lanceolate leaves and yellow, fragrant flowers. The flowering lasts from March to June, while the fruiting and the harvesting take place in early summer.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant, fruits|
|Active Substances||Glycocheirolin (glycoside), essential oil (20%), cheirotoxin, cheiroside (cardiotonic heterosides)|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is administered as diuretic, emmenagogue, antirheumatic, spasmolytic, expectorant, laxative, aphrodisiac and cardiotonic (digitalis-like action). In folk medicine it is recommended for the treatment of bronchitis, fever, constipation, liver diseases and eye infections.|
|Method of Administration||In folk medicine it is administered in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day). It should be remembered that the plant has serious adverse effects.
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||The whole plant is toxic. Its consumption may cause anorexia, nausea, vomiting and cardiac arrhythmias. Consumption must be avoided during pregnancy, as well as by patients who have heart problems.|
|References||1)http://eatt1.tripod.com/amp9.html 2)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cheiranthus+cheiri 3)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-335-cheiranthus%20cheiri%20(wallflower).aspx?activeingredientid=335&activeingredientname=cheiranthus%20cheiri%20(wallflower) 4)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Erysimum_cheiri 5)http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/PrintVersion.aspx?id=335&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1|