|Botanical Nomenclature||Lythrum salicaria|
|Common Name||Purple Loosestrife, Purple Lythrum, Spiked Loosestrife|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Lythrum salicaria is a perennial plant, growing from 70 to 120cm, with lanceolate, pubescent leaves and pink, red or white flowers in inflorescence. The flowering and the harvesting take place from July to August.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers|
|Active Substances||Vitexine (flavonic glycoside), polyphenolic tannin and other tannins, lycorine (formerly narcissine), p-coumarin acid, chlorogenic acid, ellagic acid, pectin, essential oil, anthocyanins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is used as antidiarrheal, hemostatic, astringent, sedative, healing and antibiotic, especially against typhoid fever. It is recommended for the treatment of gastroenteritis, dysentery and cough. It is applied externally to the skin against bleeding, phlebitis, varicose veins, eczema, pruritus and skin wounds|
|Method of Administration||It is administered as antidiarrheal in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried flowers in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day), in the form of herbal extract (5mL a day) as well as syrup (5 spoons a day). It is applied externally to the skin as hemostatic and healing in the form of tincture.
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) http://www.botanical-online.com/medicinalssalicariaangles.htm 2) http://www.herbcraft.org/loosestrife.html 3) http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-389-purple%20loosestrife.aspx?activeingredientid=389&activeingredientname=purple%20loosestrife 4) http://www.henriettes-herb.com/eclectic/hool1922/loosestrife.html 5) http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_purple_loosestrife.htm|