|Botanical Nomenclature||Agrostis capillaris|
|Common Name||Browntop, Colonial Bent, Common Bent|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Agrostis capillaris is a perennial grass growing from 20 to 25cm, mainly in moist or dry grasslands. It has flat, lanceolate, green leaves and purple-brown or green, hermaphrodite flowers. The flowering and fruiting take place from May to June.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Gramos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Seeds|
|Active Substances||Carbohydrates, fatty acids, minerals|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea is used in folk medicine for the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers, gallstones and kidney stones. Nowadays, the plant is not used in allopathic medicine, although it is often used as component in dietary supplements due to its high nutritional value. In many Asian countries, the seeds are commercially available in the form of cereals.|
|Method of Administration||In folk medicine the plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (two or three spoons of dried leaves in a cup of boiled water, 3 times a day).
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 are reported.|
|References||1) http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=1365 2)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Agrostis+perennans 3) http://wiki.medicinalplants-uses.com/index.php?title=Agrostis_stolonifera 4)https://archive.org/details/PankajOudhiaAgrostisRootToxicity|