|Botanical Nomenclature||Thlaspi arvense|
|Common Name||Field Pennycress|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Thlaspi arvense is an annual plant growing from 20 to 50cm, with shiny, wavy, green leaves, white flowers and oval fruits. The flowering lasts from May to September and the fruiting takes place from March to April.|
|Region Found||Arta (Tzoumerka), Ioannina (Pindos, Peristeri, Metsovo, Vikos-Aoos, Gramos, Smolikas)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves, fruits|
|Active Substances||Cardenolide, sulfide derivatives, essential oil (20-30%)|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is administered as expectorant, antirheumatic, diuretic and tonic. It is recommended as anti-inflammatory for the treatment of bronchitis and renal inflammation. Also it is used against fever, acute appendicitis, purulent pneumonia, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, pains of childbirth and intestinal ailments. Finally, it has antibacterial properties, especially against staphylococcus and streptococcus.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day). Also, it is used as an ingredient in dietary supplements, but it can be also eaten as fresh salad or cooked.
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 white blood cell reduction, nausea and dizziness|
|References||1) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Thlaspi+arvense 2)http://montana.plant-life.org/species/thlas_arven.htm 3)http://commonsensehome.com/field-pennycress/ 4)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/t/thlaspi-arvense=pennycress.php 5)http://www.survivalplantsmemorycourse.com/2013/05/thlaspi-arvense/|