- Celandine - a means-tested over the centuries
- Chemical composition
- How to use
Celandine - perennial herb with short rhizome. Stem branched from celandine, up to 1 m tall, leaves green above, bottom - glaucous. Flowers celandine medium-sized, golden-yellow, on long stalks, gathered in small umbellate inflorescences. All its parts celandine contains orange milky juice, which is in contact with hands reminds the color left by tincture of iodine.
Celandine grows in the European part of the country, in the Urals, Siberia, the Caucasus, mainly in the foothills and mountainous areas, as well as in shady places among bushes, in forests, ravines, fences. Blossoms in May-July, the fruits ripen in July-September. In medicine it is used aerial part of the plant and roots and fresh juice.
Grass contains more than 20 alkaloids (chelidonine, chelerythrine, sanguinarine, protopine et al.), Essential oils, vitamins (carotene, ascorbic acid), flavonoids, saponins, organic acids (citric, malic, succinic and helidonovuyu).
Alkaloids - a nitrogen-containing organic compounds which are characterized by a high physiological activity. In small doses, the alkaloids are drugs in large - poisons. Celandine alkaloids possess different properties: heloidin has an effect similar to morphine (analgesic and calming effect), gomoheloidin acts as a convulsive poison, sanguinarine excites the secretion of the salivary glands, increases peristalsis, has a narcotic effect, protopine toning smooth muscles of the uterus and reduces the threshold of excitability of the autonomic nervous system (the nervous system that innervate the internal organs).
Essential oils - is a complex mixture of aromatic nitrogen-free substances soluble in alcohol, and fatty oils. It has antibacterial, antispasmodic (relieves spasms of smooth muscles of blood vessels and internal organs), anti-inflammatory effect.
Saponins - plant-derived organic matter, forming like soap by shaking with water-resistant foam, they have a diuretic and sedative effect.
Flavonoids - compounds poorly soluble in water, they have a yellow color (the color - the color of flavonoids). They have the ability to remove the spasm of smooth muscles of blood vessels and internal organs. Furthermore, they are capable of altering the body's reaction to other substances, such as allergens, viruses, and carcinogens therefore possess antiviral, anticancer and anti-allergic action.
Organic acids are actively involved in the metabolism
Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things
Celandine action on the human body
Celandine has choleretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, mild laxative and anti-tumor effect. Celandine has a calming effect on the nervous system, lowers blood pressure
Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing?
and relieves spasm of smooth muscle walls of blood vessels and internal organs. Furthermore, celandine bactericidal (kills bacteria) against several microorganisms.
Indications for use of celandine
Inside the infusion of celandine prescribed for hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), gastric ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcers, polyposis of the stomach and intestines, ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon), various tumors, neurosis, vegetative-vascular dystonia, thyrotoxicosis (disease due to increased thyroid function).
Herbs, roots, and fresh juice of celandine is used internally and externally for various skin diseases, weak healing wounds, lupus
TB skin - a rare form of the disease
, Eczema, herpes, the treatment of corns and scabies, removing warts.
The composition of celandine contains many physiologically active substances, and so it has a number of contraindications for admission. So, do not use celandine persons suffering from epilepsy
Epilepsy - a sacred disease
, Asthma, angina, and a variety of neurological diseases.
With an overdose of celandine may develop poisoning with nausea, vomiting, paralysis of the respiratory center.
Remember: celandine - grass is unsafe, it contains alkaloids that are high doses of the drugs in turn poisons. For this reason, celandine better take prescription and under medical supervision.