|Botanical Nomenclature||Saponaria officinalis|
|Common Name||Bouncing-Bet, Crow Soap, Soapweed, Soapwort, Wild Sweet William|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Saponaria officinalis is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing from 60 to 90cm, with elliptic, wavy, oval leaves, many, small, pink flowers and capsule-shaped fruits. The flowering lasts from July to September and the harvesting takes place from September to October.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Metsovo, Gramos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||root, rhizome, flowers, leaves|
|Active Substances||Saporoubin (a saponin which is hydrolyzed to gypsogenin), diosmin, hesperidin (saponins), vitexin, saponarin (flavonoid), vitamin C|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has laxative, antirheumatic, cholagogue, sudorific, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, tonic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended for the treatment of eczema, pruritus and lichen (external application). Also, it is used against gout, bronchitis and dry cough (per os administration).|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (10g of dried root or leaves in a cup of boiled water, 1-2 cups a day) and tincture (1-2ml, 3 times a day). Also, it can be used in the form of compresses (external application) against skin diseases.
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||Slightly toxic. Hemolysis is possible to be observed.|