It grows in wet forests, riverbanks, streams and groves, always in places where the temperature does not rise excessively. Its growth form is reminiscent of a long rope to ascend entangled in the branches of taller trees. The leaves are opposite and are born of strong consistency, similar in shape to the bay, although its dimensions are smaller. Each consists of five oval leaflets. By the winter the loss of leaves.
The flowers are located in the tops of the trees are white and arranged in the form of clusters arising from the axils of the leaves. The flowering season occurs during the summer months. From each flower born after fertilization several nuts in a similar way to that of the bob.
Harvesting is done by selecting the best leaves.
Contains protoanemonin, which gives a strong action rubefacient, vesicant and analgesic. His job is dangerous via internal and topical use is subject to medical prescription.
For its powerful vesicant action has received the popular name of herbal sores or beggars. This latter name is because the homeless in the past used the strong vesicant action of this plant to manufacture a kind of lotion, using the expression of the leaves, which are spread throughout the skin, thereby producing ulcers and sores then showed the people to move to pity and compassion.
It also contains saponosides, oleanolic acid derivatives and hederagenina. Indicated in neuralgia and rheumatic pains, always applied externally.
Never use via internal since, as mentioned, is a very active plant that can cause serious disorders of the gastrointestinal mucosa.
Ointment. Prepared with the juice of the leaves. It applies in the form of local efforts to combat friction neuralgia and rheumatic pains. It should extend the fingers and ointment on the sore areas only to then proceed to wash their hands with soap and water and trying not to touch other areas of the body such as eyes, nose or mouth. This operation can be repeated at most twice a day, you can create a feeling of warmth or burning skin.
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