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Used Part.

The leaves.

Active Principles.

Protoanemonina. Saponósidos oleanólico acid derivatives and the hederagenina.

Drug Action.

The protoanemonina gives it a potent analgesic and rubefaciente action.


Neuralgia, inflammations osteo.

Side Effects.

It can produce contact dermatitis. The juice of the leaves has a blistering, and can even cause sores (hence its popular name of the herb beggars)

Caution / Poisoning.

The protoanemonina also absorbed through the skin, so it can be produced widespread phenomena of intoxication. If ingested despeños causes gastroenteritis with diarrhea, nausea, kidney damage and even death from respiratory paralysis. Mulet, 1997)

Galenica forms / Dosage.

See previous paragraph. It should not be used by internal.

Topical use:

Fluid extract or glycolic in ointments applied in the form of local friction.


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