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In the sixteenth century enjoyed very good reputation as a remedy against tumors that appeared in lymph node tuberculosis, anti - goiter, in mumps or turn off the rashes. In the nineteenth century was discovered his true action on the body: reduces blood glucose level, which stood at the head of the remedies used by diabetics.

FEATURES: This is a perennial plant, which rose more than half a meter, thanks to a green stalk, erect, square - section, with simple leaves, opposite (in pairs, one against the other) oval - shaped, pointed or acorazonada, with jagged edges. Under the floor, the stem is carried into a rhizome irregular, full of bumps, the bumps encountered some commas, thick, two by two, one against the other (hence the name Latin nodosa with lumps) The flowers, tiny but abundant reddish terminals are grouped into bouquets at the end of the stem and twigs side. Follows a very unpleasant smell, its taste is bitter, nauseating. It also herb called San Pedro or black grass.

LOCATION: Lives in the northern hemisphere by enzyme tropical regions but is rare in the American continent. It is found in damp and dark, in the continental forests, especially oak and beech.

Used Part.

The rhizome, occasionally leaves and flowering tops.

ACTIVE: Stems, leaves, flowers and fruits have saponins, vitamin C and a glycoside that gives it its virtues for heart disease and as a diuretic. In the rhizomes are the same compounds except saponins. In Germany, called the "herb of the urine red 'because the cattle urine issued with a red coloration if they previously had ingested the plant, and this is due to the presence of saponins.

Medicinal properties: It is a purifying plant, healing, vulnerary, reduces blood sugar and is diuretic. The saponin is the responsibility of healing the disorders of the skin, which was used in the CVL century.

COLLECTION: The plants should be cut in the summer when in flower, is used entirely, except the rhizome that, if left in the soil, new plants will result in the following year.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: The first uses of escrofularia (for healing of skin rashes) were to crush the plant and let it macerate in vinegar, then apply the liquid with a cloth on the affected area, the blindfold and well maintained for two days. Currently, the decoction is used, about 50 grams per liter of water, using the plant once minced in a mortar and taking care to exploit all the juice off. This juice can be used directly to cure wounds. Against hemorrhoids, you use the water decoction of seats in bathrooms. As a diuretic (to remove larger amounts of urine) or hypoglycemic (to lower the level of blood sugar) can drink the liquid decoction, although it is more effective to prepare an infusion with a small pieces of the plant in a cup hot water three times a day.

The name of the escrofularia as St Peter refers to the tradition that the plant should be gathered on the eve of that holiday, during the night. If you save at home to protect their residents against possible stroke.

Escrofularia outbreak, with details of their flowers, which give off a nauseating odor. As active ingredients are saponin, vitamin C and a glycoside. Among its properties are in the fight heart disease and diabetes, cure hemorrhoids, sores and wounds and healing and diuretic.

The intake of two to three cups daily infusion of escrofularia lowers the blood sugar level.

Drug Action.

Laxative, by Anthraquinone compounds, anti - inflammatory, for the heterósidos iridoideos. Properties are attributed hypoglycemic, diuretic and stimulant liver.

Formerly was used as antiescrofulosa (from which derives the name of escrofularia) vulnerary (healing) and Antihaemorrhoidals.


Constipation, dyskinesias Hepatobiliary, diabetes, furunculosis. States that require an increase in urine output: genitourinary disorders (cystitis, ureteritis, urethritis, urolithiasis) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, high blood pressure, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction (rhizome) boil for 5 minutes a spoonful of dessert in 200 cc of water. Two or three cups a day before meals.

Infusion (flowers, leaves) one tablespoon per cup of dessert, infuse 10 minutes. Two or three cups a day.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M. Dans la Plantes Les Thérapeutiques Moderne. 2. Paris: Maloine, 1986, p. 389.

Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M; Trotin, F. Medicinal plants of temperate Regions. Paris: Maloine, 1980, p. 306.

Le Floc'h, E. Etude Ethnobotanique une contribution to the Flore Tunisienne. Imprimerie officielle de la République Tunisienne, 1983, p. 227.

Paris, RR; Moyse, M. Summary of Matter Médicale. Take II. Paris: Masson, 1967, p. 247.

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