|Botanical Nomenclature||Chenopodium vulgaris|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Chenopodium vulgaris is an annual plant growing up to 1m, with serrated, lanceolate leaves and yellow, small flowers in inflorescences. It blossoms in summer, while the harvesting takes place in autumn.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Pindos, Smolikas)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||All the aboveground plant parts, especially the leaves.|
|Active Substances||resin, scrapbook, potassium nitrate, propylamine, essential oil, saponins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has anthelmintic, muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant and antitussive properties. It is administered for the treatment of asthma, dysmenorrhea and gastrointestinal problems. Also, the herbal tea is applied externaly to heal the wounds and other various skin ailments.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of essential oil (10-20 drops, 5-6 times a day), herbal tea (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiled water) and tablets (anthelmintics), while the juice of the leaves is applied to the skin.
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||Strongly toxic|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, Β' τόμος, σελίδες: 562-564 2) http://www.organiclife.gr/el/herbs/1787-chenopodium.html 3)http://www.lookformedical.com/search.php?q=Chenopodium+quinoa&lang=1&src=definitions 4)http://www.mmh-mms.com/downloads/mp07chenopodiumambrosioides.pdf|