|Botanical Nomenclature||Ajuga reptans|
|Common Name||Blue Bugle, Bugle , Bugleherb, Bugleweed, Carpet Bugleweed, Carpetweed|
|Taxonomy- Family||Lamiaceae or Labiatae|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Ajuga reptans is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from 30 to 60cm, with elongated, alternate, pubescent leaves and small, blue flowers in axillary inflorescence (bunches). The flowering lasts from April to June and the harvesting takes place from May to June.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers, stems|
|Active Substances||Tannins, alkaloids, iridoids|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is used as analgesic, cardio, healing, astringent and laxative. It is administered for the treatment of haemoptysis, internal bleeding, liver and spleen problems. It is recommended in the form of gargles against pharynx irritation and mouth wounds. Finally, its administration to people who suffer from hypertension, helps to lower their blood pressure.|
|Method of Administration||It is applied externally to the skin as healing in the form of herbal tea (50-100g of dried flowers in 1L of boiled water, several times a day). It is administered as cardio in the form of infusion (wetting 30-80g of dried flowers in 1L of boiling water for 15min, 2-3 a day). Also, in homeopathy is used in the form of ointment or oil (external use).
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 hallucinogenic. Overdose may cause death.|
|References||1) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ajuga+reptans 2) https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/b/buglec82.html#med 3) http://www.northdaysimage.ca/ajuga.html 4) http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_bugle.htm 5) http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/a/ajuga-reptans=bugle.php 6) http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Ajuga_reptans|