Aristolochia round (Aristolochia rotunda)
The aristolochia round consists of several thin stems and elongated. The leaves are distributed throughout the plant in a completely disordered; are heart-shaped and are quite large relative to the size of the rest of the plant. Are attached to the stems of some very small tails which are difficult to see at a glance. The most characteristic of this plant is underground: it is a large rounded tubercle which start a few small rootlets. This plant is usually found in the Catalonia and sometimes it can be found throughout the northern part of the peninsula. One grows near hedges, streams, ditches and fields.
FLOWERINGIt begins to bloom in April and, depending on the area where you are, the flowering season may be extended until June. The flowers are isolated, one at a time. Your cup of white tubular shape and contains approximately six stamens. The flowers are very fragrant, in contrast to their pages. Inside the flower is the fruit which in turn contains many seeds. The only part of the tuber is harvested, which has the most active components.
APPLICATIONSThe composition of this plant is not well known because it is rarely used. It is known that the tubercle contains aristoloquina, which is a very toxic alkaloid. Therefore, this plant should not be used as a home remedy, it can be very toxic. It is only advisable under the supervision of a physician, but because so little studied that is, among other reasons because its healing properties are scarce, if not nil, you can practically ensure that it will be very difficult that becomes part of the plants medicines. Once used to counteract the effects of snake venom and otherwise. It is also used to ease the pain of menstruation and childbirth. Practically used as a home remedy for all types of diseases that are not found another solution, such as pains in the spleen or asthma, to heal wounds, bone problems, to clean teeth and gums.
ADMINISTRATIONNot for use by be extremely damaging to health.
Cook. It puts water on to boil and add a handful of the plant. Let it cool and slip the remains that are left.
Poultice. Place the crushed grass over a damp cloth. Apply to the affected area of bone or joint problems.
HABITAT: Meadows and hedges
PART USED: Tuber
CASTILIAN: Aristoloquia hembra
CATALAN: Herba de la gauda