|Botanical Nomenclature||Caltha palustris|
|Common Name||Kingcup, Marsh-Marigold|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Caltha palustris is a perennial plant growing up to 60cm, with shiny, green, kidney-shaped leaves and shiny, large, yellow flowers. The flowering and the harvesting take place from March to June.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Pindos, Smolikas, Vikos-Aoos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant|
|Active Substances||Saponins, protoanemonin (a toxic glycoside contained in the essential oil, which disappears when the plant is dried), flavones|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The plant has anticonvulsant, sudorific, diuretic, expectorant and anti-rheumatic properties. It is recommended for the treatment of common cold, anemia and warts. In homeopathy it is administered against pertussis, bronchitis, pyorrhea, dysmenorrhoea, wounds and skin rash. Finally, it is often used as an ingredient in herbal cough syrups.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered against common cold and cough in the form of tincture (1: 1 part of plant's juice and ethyl alcohol), especially in homeopathy.
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||May cause skin irritation.|
|References||1) http://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/dmna/caltha-palu.html 2)http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/m/marmar18.html#med 3) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Caltha+palustris 4)http://commonsensehome.com/marsh-marigold/ 5)http://www.sierrapotomac.org/W_Needham/MarshMarigold_060904.htm 6)http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Calt|