arundo donax

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arundo donax
Used Part.

The rhizome.

Active Principles.

Resin, essential oil, sugars. Minerals: silica, calcium, potassium. Traces of alkaloids: bufotenidina, bufotenina, dihidrobufotenina, donaxina, donaraxina.

Drug Action.

Popularly used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, "purifying" galactófuga, anti - inflammatory and hemostatic local.


States that require an increase in urine output: genitourinary disorders (cystitis, ureteritis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, oliguria, urolithiasis) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, high blood pressure, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention. Hypersecretion milk.


Pregnancy, breast feeding (it attaches an inhibitory effect of breastfeeding) low blood pressure.

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

The fresh plant, by contact with the skin moist and subsequent exposure to sunlight may trigger photosensitivity phenomena.

Caution / Poisoning.

Curaremiméticos indole alkaloids present in the flowers (and to a lesser extent in the rhizome) are hypotensive and depress respiration (Mulet, 1997)

The use of diuretics in the presence of hypertension or heart disease, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, given the possibility of occurrence of decompensation or tension, if the elimination of potassium is considerable, enhancing the effect of cardiac.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction: one tablespoon per cup of dessert, boil 15 minutes. One to three cups a day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 5) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M; Trotin, F. Medicinal plants of temperate Regions. Paris: Maloine, 1980, p. 42.

Le Floc'h, E. Etude Ethnobotanique une contribution to the Flore Tunisienne. Imprimerie officielle de la République Tunisienne, 1983, p. 51 - 2.

Mulet, L. Ethnobotanical survey of the province of Castellon. Castellon: Provincial, 1991, p. 79.

Mulet, L. Toxic Plants of Valencia. Castellon: Provincial, 1997, pp. 86 - 7.

Peris, JB; Stübing, G; Figuerola, R. Guide to Medicinal Plants of Valencia. Valencia: Las Provincias, 1996, p. 337.

Van Hellemont, J. Compendium of Phytothérapie. Bruxelles: Association Pharmaceutique Belge, 1986, p. 52.

Villar, L; Palacín, JM; Calvo, C. Gomez, D; Montserrat, G. Medicinal Plants of the Aragonese Pyrenees and other tierrras Huesca. 2. Huesca: Provincial, 1992, p. 40.

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