Perennial herbaceous plant that can reach one meter high. It has large leaves, divided into irregular lobes that resemble the leaves of elm - in fact, this similarity derives its name from ulmaria. We can see, despite the disparity of sizes of leaves, a constant in this plant at the far end of each branch can find a leaf divided into three parts.
All leaves have a perimeter with many small teeth, with the back of the leaf (underside) of a shade whiter than the beam, due to the presence of large numbers of thick hairs and short.
Flowering occurs in summer months, resulting in some flowers small, white, which give off a pleasant aroma. They are arranged in a bouquet. The calyx has five lobes, while the corolla has five petals with rounded edge, with lots of stamens inside.
Botanically speaking, the fruit is an achene; each fruit consists of five smaller, elongated and twisted upon itself, each containing inside a single seed to reach maturity even closed.
Harvesting takes place in summer, although it remains to be carried out by the time they are not yet fully open flowers. Drying is carried out quickly and protected from light to avoid disruptions in the sample.
In florida can find sumidad derived flavonoids, such as exhaled monotropism the latter undergoes enzymatic hydrolysis and is transformed into methyl salicylate, with renowned properties such as good anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and anticoagulant, as is used in cases of rheumatic diseases flu, fever and processes thromboembolism prevention.
The flavonoid glycosides and reinforce anti-inflammatory activity in addition to pursuing and uricosuric diuretic action, so that their use is very appropriate in cases of oliguria, edema and urolithiasis. However, you should never exceed the dose recommended by the doctor, because in high quantities can be toxic.
You should be present when the anticoagulant effect is thought to undergo treatment with other anticoagulants and hemostatic, nor is it advisable to use in patients with peptic ulcer.
Infusion. Sumidad Two grams of dried flowers are added to a glass of boiled water and still warm, which is left resting ten minutes, stirring occasionally. This preparation can be repeated four times throughout the day, taking the liquid previously filtered always after meals.
Powder plant. It may take five grams of the dried plant, divided into several doses throughout the day.
Decoction for external use. Add 25 grams to a liter of water boiled for 15 minutes, the liquid obtained, still hot, is used to perform local baths in rheumatic.
HABITAT: Wet meadows in the north of the country
PART USED: Flowering tops
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