The vedegambre is a perennial plant belonging to the lily family, which includes species with a wide variety of vegetative types, from tiny little plants to large trees. This is a bulbous plant, equipped with a small strain, strong roots and strong stems. It has elliptical leaves, alternate and the effect acanoladas veins. The stem is topped by a particle composed of greenish-yellow flowers. The fruit is a capsule. The whole plant is very poisonous and likely to cause serious poisoning is estimated that enough 2 g. Of the plant to kill an adult.
It breeds in wet meadows throughout the Pyrenean region.
The vedegambre blooms in summer, in late July. Interested harvest strain together with part of the roots. After harvesting, should be stripped of their green parts and wash thoroughly, then cut lengthwise and is dried at a temperature not exceeding 50 grados CelsiusC. Be careful with the leaves, because they have a relatively pleasant taste, similar to escarole, but like the rest of the plant are highly poisonous and consumption rise to a strong intoxication.
The active substances that give their virtues are the alkaloids, and the most characteristic of this plant is highly toxic. If applied to the skin its alkaloids, produce a painful sensation of heat, just to anesthetize the area. They are especially sensitive mucous membranes throughout the body. Therapeutic purposes, can benefit from the strong hypotensive action that exerts this grass on the regulatory centers of the brain, not on the smooth fibers or on nerve endings. Also exerts an anxiolytic action. Popularly this plant has been used externally to treat scabies of cattle, for it cut the roots and, after cooking in a boiler, washing the animals with this hot water. He made sure that all healed within days.
In general the use of this plant is not at all recommended. It is a drug with low therapeutic margin, ie the difference between cure and dose dose that produces toxic effects is very small, making it very difficult to The dose that is considered therapeutic at this plant is around one thousandth of a gram. As can be seen, it's downright difficult to get this amount in a home preparation. For this reason, it is recommended to ingest the plant if it is not by specialized personnel. At present, the effects can be achieved with this herb is best obtained with other preparations and more harmless than vedegambre. Tion without risk. The poisoning causes a very irritating action on the digestive mucosa, with a burning sensation, nausea, vomiting, hypothermia (low body temperature), cold sweats, diarrhea and depression of the nerve centers, which can cause death. It is advisable even when handling the drug using a protective mask because the dust simply drop the plant produces irritating to eyes and sneezing.
The dose that is considered therapeutic at this plant is around one thousandth of a gram. As can be seen, it's downright difficult to get this amount in a home preparation. For this reason, it is recommended to ingest the plant if it is not by specialized personnel. At present, the effects can be achieved with this herb is best obtained with other preparations and more harmless than vedegambre.
HABITAT: Meadows in the Pyrenees
PART USED: Rhizome and root
CASTILIAN: Eléboro blanco
CATALAN: Veratre, viladre
GALICIAN: Herba do lobo
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