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Perennial plant can rise up to a meter of soil and can be perennial, living over the years, though the winters away every vestige of life for later, when arriving in April, resume their life process with the birth of new offshoots of which will again leaves and reproductive organs. The leaves are pinnate, or are formed by leaflets, which are nothing more than a kind of fake leaves that actually correspond to the same mother leaves. In this case, we can find between eleven and seventeen leaflets.


The flowering occurs a little later than is customary in other herbaceous plants, reaching its maximum development in the months of July and August. The flowers which are quite large, a light blue or white, and are arranged in bouquets around starting from a tallito, like a spike. The shape of flowers reminiscent of butterflies, which are included in the family of papilonáceas, also called legumes. The result is that it provides, as in the rest of the family, a legume, in this case of elongated shape and hairiness, with striations that travel longitudinally. The collection should be made immediately before the start of the bloom, picking the tops and flowery come to a quick drying, which reaches nearly losing eighty percent of its fresh weight.

Used Part.

The flowering tops and seeds.

Active Principles.

Derived from guanidine: galegina, hidroxigalegina, d - peganina. Flavonoids: galuteolina. Tannins, saponosides. Bitter principles.

Drug Action.

Derivatives of guanidine and the flavonoids confer hypoglycemic and diuretic properties. In addition it is considered galactógena.


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

Adjunct in the treatment of diabetes. Lactation.



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

Caution / Poisoning.

By the presence of alkaloids is advisable to use it with caution: do not exceed the recommended doses, prescribed manner discontina.

Is toxic to livestock.

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


Infusion. Adding two grams of flowery tops or seed to a quarter of a liter of boiled water and hot water before, during ten minutes, stirring occasionally, with proceeds to its filtration and fluid obtained can be taken before the meal. This operation can be repeated up to three times a day.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: one tablespoon per cup of dessert. Infuse 10 minutes. Three cups a day before meals.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 to 50 drops at the start of a meal in a week cures discontinuous.

Tincture (1: 5) 50 - 100 drops, half an hour before meals.


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