|Botanical Nomenclature||Angelica sylvestris|
|Common Name||Wild Angelica, Woodland Angelica|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Angelica sylvestris is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing from 60 to 150cm, with many, broad leaves and white or pink, hermaphrodite flowers in inflorescences. The flowering lasts from July to September and the fruiting from August to October. The harvesting takes place from March to April and from September to October.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Rhizome, seeds, leaves|
|Active Substances||Imperatorin and vergapten (furanocoumarins), essential oil, which consists from fellandrin, organic acids, angelicin (coumarin) and is mixed with wax, resins, tannins, malic acid, carbohydrates, gum, starch and protein.|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has cardiotonic, spasmolytic, sudorific, diuretic, expectorant, antitussive, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is recommended to treat runny nose, cough, asthma, dyspepsia and to improve the digestion. Also, it is applied externally as soothing liniments against bruising and skin irritation.|
|Method of Administration||It is administered as spasmolytic, diuretic and expectorant in the form of herbal tea (4g of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day). The essential oil of the plant is applied externally against skin diseases or is administered orally to treat digestive disorders.
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||Hypertension, disorders of the central nervous system and photosensitivity may be observed. No toxic actions have been reported.|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, Α' τόμος, σελίδες: 40-41 2) Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδες 275-276, 3) http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Angelica+sylvestris 4)http://www.first-nature.com/flowers/angelica-sylvestris.php 5)http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ANSY2 6)http://www.germinalamenity.com/product/wild-angelica-(angelica-sylvestris)-|