|Botanical Nomenclature||Dipsacus sylvestris|
|Common Name||Fuller's Teasel, Wild Teasel|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Dipsacus silvestris is a perennial, herbaceous plant 1-2,5m, with spiky, wide, lanceolate leaves and violet flowers in oval, spike inflorescence. The flowering lasts from July to October and the harvesting takes place from July to August.|
|Region Found||Epirus (Pindos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant|
|Active Substances||Inulin, bitter agents, scabioside (glucoside, bitter taste)|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea has orexigenic, antipyretic, laxative and diuretic properties and it is recommended against rheumatism and gout. Nowadays it is used in herbal medicine and homeopathy for the treatment of various skin diseases such as eczema, acne, wounds, dermatitis, freckles, warts, fistula and tuberculosis.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as diuretic in the form of herbal tea (30-50g of dried root in 1L of boiled water, 3 times a day). In homeopathy it is applied externally to the skin in the form of tincture made from the fresh plant, while in herbal medicine it is administered in the form of capsules.
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)https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/teazle09.html#med 2)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Dipsacus+fullonum 3)http://www.herbalmedicine.org.uk/index.php?page=tim-entwistle 4)http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_teasel.htm 5)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-187-dipsacus%20fullonum%20(teazle).aspx?activeingredientid=187&activeingredientname=dipsacus%20fullonum%20(teazle)|