|Botanical Nomenclature||Ranunculus sceleratus|
|Common Name||Celery-Leaved Buttercup, Cursed Buttercup|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Ranunculus sceleratus is a perennial or one-year plant growing up to 60cm, with shiny, serrated, heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers with reflexed petals. The flowering and the harvesting take place from May to November.|
|Region Found||Arta (Tzoumerka), Ioannina (Peristeri, Gramos, Vikos-Aoos, Pindos)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Root|
|Active Substances||Anemonin, protoanemonin, tannins, saponins|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative and expectorant properties and it is recommended against skin diseases such as eczema, herpes, pruritus, burns and swellings. Also, it is administered for the treatment of rheumatic diseases, arthritis, ulcers and rhinitis.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as anti-rheumatic and analgesic in the form of herbal tea (50g of dried herb in one litre of boiled water, 3 times a day). It is externally applied as sedative and anti-inflammatory in the form of tincture (1: 5 parts of herbal extract and ethyl alcohol 70%, 30 drops, 3 times a day for adults, 15 drops, 3 times a day for children) and ointment.
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||Plant's juice may cause poisoning (burns, swelling, erythema, skin ulcer and death). Overdosing of the edible leaves may cause diarrhea, dizziness, convulsions and paralysis.|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, A' τόμος, σελίδες: 143 2) Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδες 141-142, 3)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Ranunculus+sceleratus 4)http://abchomeopathy.com/r.php/Ran-s 5)http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/r/ranunculus-sceleratus=celery-leaved-buttercup.php 6)http://practicalplants.org/wiki/Ranunculus_sceleratus|