|Botanical Nomenclature||Anthyllis vulneraria|
|Common Name||Common Kidneyvetch, Kidney Vetch, Woundwort|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Anthyllis vulneraria is a perennial plant growing up to 30cm, with pinnate, oblong, gray-green, soft leaves, green, flexible, thin stems and yellow, thick, hermaphrodite flowers. The flowering lasts from May to September and the harvesting takes place from June to July.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Pindos, Metsovo, Vikos-Aoos) Arta (Tzoumera)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers in bloom, leaves, root.|
|Active Substances||Saponins, tannins, flavonoids.|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The plant has antiemetic, antitussive, astringent, laxative, healing and tonic properties. The herbal tea made from the dried flowers is recommended against cough. Also, it may be used in the form of patches as an anaplastic and healing agent for wounds. The infusion is used to prevent hair loss and to treat constipation. It is applied externally to the skin against rashes, wounds and bruises.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (1-2 spoons of dried herb in a cup of boiled water for 5-10min, 3 times a day) and infusion (3-5g of dried herb in a cup of boiling water for 5-10min, 1-2 times a day). It is applied externally to the skin as healing and anaplastic in the form of patches impregnated with the herbal tea and in the form of powder.
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.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Anthyllis+vulneraria 2)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Anthyllis_vulneraria 3)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/a/anthyllis-vulneraria=kidney-vetch.php 4)http://www.first-nature.com/flowers/anthyllis-vulneraria.php 5)http://www.topeiros.gr/toperos/stena/pages/05xlwrida.htm|