|Botanical Nomenclature||Impatiens noli-tangere|
|Common Name||Touch-Me-Not Balsam|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Impatiens noli-tangere is an annual or perennial plant growing up to 1m, with oval or lanceolate, toothed leaves and large, yellow, red-spotted flowers. The flowering lasts from July to August and the harvesting takes place from August to October.|
|Region Found||Epirus (Gramos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Aboveground plant parts|
|Active Substances||Resins, tannins, calcium oxalate and other inorganic salts|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is used as emetic, diuretic, laxative, antiseptic, antibacterial, emmenagogue and antitussive. It is recommended for the treatment of gastritis and dysmenorrhea. It is applied externally to the skin against rheumatism, edema, bruises, warts, hemorrhoids, low back pain, eczema and hives (urticaria).|
|Method of Administration||It is administered orally or applied externally to the skin in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of the dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day). It is usually used as a component in herbal expectorants.
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||Attention is required in cases of overdosing, due to its high content in minerals, and also when the plant is administered to people who suffer from rheumatism, arthritis, gout and kidney stones.|
|References||1) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Impatiens+noli-tangere 2) http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Impatiens_noli-tangere 3) http://herbanext.com/kamantigue-and-noli-by-philip-cruz 4) http://depts.washington.edu/propplnt/Plants/Jewelweed.htm 5) http://nativeplants.evergreen.ca/search/view-plant.php?ID=04210|