|Botanical Nomenclature||Erica manipuliflora|
|Common Name||Heath, Heather|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Erica manipuliflora is a perennial, evergreen shrub growing up to 1m, with small, linear, sessile leaves and many, small, bell-shaped, pink flowers in inflorescences (bunches). The flowering and harvesting take place from August to September.|
|Region Found||Arta (Tzoumerka), Ioannina (Smolikas, Pindos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||The whole plant|
|Active Substances||Alkaloids, armpoutine, citric and fumaric acid, volatile oil, tannin, pigments, carotene|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has antitussive properties and it is recommended for the treatment of cold, mouth and throat inflammations (anti-inflammatory action). Also it is administered in the form of herbal tea against nephrolithiasis, cystitis, prostate and renal colic. The plant's infusion is externaly applied by rubbing for the treatment of arthritis, polyarthritis and rheumatism. The infusion also increases the digestive enzymes and contributes effectively to the restoration of bile's problems, colic colon and liver diseases. The plant is food for the bees and the produced honey has expectorant, antibiotic, sedative and hypnotic properties.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as antitussive, anti-inflammatory and digestive in the form of herbal tea (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 3 times a day before eating). Also, it is administered in the form of infusion (a spoon of dried herb in a cup of boiling water) for external use (rubbing 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||Drowsy and general central nervous system may be observed. No side effects are reported.|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, Β' τόμος, σελίδες: 460 2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18164152 3)http://www.bees.gr/archives/4692 4)http://xlorida.blogspot.gr/2013/02/ericamanipuliflora-er-icaceae.html 5)http://floraattica.blogspot.gr/2007/10/erica-manipuliflora.html 6)http://www.herb.gr/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/751/s/reiki/category/24/|