Herbaceous plant to reach full maturity can reach a height of no more than a foot. It has woody stems that develop parallel to the ground, stalks of those who leave the new branches that develop erect.
The stems are covered with small hairs that are more developed in the vicinity of the axils of the leaves where they leave. These spear-shaped, with weakly wavy outline with a color on the underside of the white becomes the large number of short hairs inside.
Flowering takes place from May, extending from then until late summer.
The flowers are borne in the axils of the leaves in the top of the plant and have the calyx reddish, while the corolla is greenish; have a lower lip resembling the shape of a small ladle.
It contains a very small amount of essential oil, detected a relatively short time thanks to new analytical techniques. The proportion of tannins occurs in a larger amount, which gives this plant tonic properties, is used in intestinal diseases due to its astringent action. On the other hand has in its composition with a bitter principle which emphasizes its tonic. Also important is the amount of flavonoids and phenolic acids as caffeic and chlorogenic acid, which have been used routinely as a complement to anti-obesity treatment regimens.
Diterpenic has two principles, known by the names of teuchamaedrine teucrine and that improve the antispasmodic effect of this species.
Recently this plant has been recalled in a precautionary manner, since they have detected cases of liver toxicity in people who ate at slimming diets.
It acts as a metabolic regulator, altering the metabolic rate and causing fat intake leads to a reduction in body size, resulting in weight loss.
As indicated in applications at this plant have been found insufficient evidence to consider a possible cause hepatotoxicity, so it should be avoided. But we'll show the way in which traditionally has been used.
Fluid extract. 40 drops in half a glass of water, taken in the morning and evening, continuing this dosage for one month and rested for three months and whether it should be returned to resume the process.
HABITAT: Pyrenees and Cantabria
FLOWERING: Spring and summer
PART USED: Whole plant
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