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The hernia is a herbaceous plant which can last several years, but fails to get a very robust plant; misses some very strong roots and branching, allowing it to colonize every kind of soil, even the most movedizos. It has some small leaves, lanceolate, and the flowers that are grouped to form tiny spikes also are often. The plant is across Europe and much of Asia, growing in all kinds of substrate, especially those in poor and sandy.


Infusion. The plant in quantity varies between 40 and 60 deg. Is added to a liter of boiling water, cool and school. You can take several cups a day. This plant is often associated with other diuretic herbs to enhance their effect. In pharmacy is easy to find so much as one mixed with others.


The plant blooms early in the year, almost in spring, although it can continue to flourish until the summer. The collection is done in the same period of bloom, as it is at this time when the plant is rich in active ingredients. It is important that once was dried and stored in airtight jars away from light.

Used Part.

Sumidades the air.

Active Principles.

Saponósidos triterpenic, cumarinas: umbiliferona; flavonoids: herniarina; tannins.

Drug Action.

Plant poorly studied from a scientific point of view, with broad popular application as a diuretic (popularly is called also rompepiedras) and antispasmodic level of urinary tract (action that might be due to the potassium salts and cumarinas) demulcent.


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.

In external use: eczema, psoriasis.


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.

Its use as a diuretic in the presence of hypertension, heart disease or kidney failure moderate or severe, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, to the danger that can result in uncontrolled contribution of liquids, the possibility of a decompensation or tension, whether 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.

Infusion: 30 to 60 g / l, infuse 10 minutes. Take during the day. Often associated with other drugs diuretic.

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

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


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