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English Ivy.

French: Lierre.

Family: of the Araliaceae.

In internal use: It has been used as antitussives and to induce menstruation, but it is not recommended because of their toxicity.

External use: for healing of wounds and sores. Neuralgia and rheumatic pain. In decoction for bathing against cellulite.

The former took the ivy as a symbol of eternity, then gave him more than a thousand years of life. Without doubt overstated because no one is known ivy so long, but it is true that live dozens of years demonstrating strong resistance to weather adversity.

The ivy is an evergreen plant which has a rootlets on the stem that allow you to climb. Below are the leaves look normal, palms, and above the oval leaves that accompany the flowers.

The ivy should be regarded as a toxic plant, and so much so that the animals avoid eating their leaves or fruit. They can only exploit its healing properties by applying the leaves are boiled or macerated on the area affected by pain or injury.

It is a shrubby plant known as ornamental than for its medicinal properties. It is used in gardens around the world for upholstery walls, fences and walls, even a coat to the floor, like a rug, as if it were grass, since their rootlets air, like on the walls, is also set to floor.

FEATURES: Plant climber, always green. The stem, woody, fast - growing, has many ramifications that cling to walls or trees by some rootlets that remain seized the medium with such a force, if that attempt to start breaking down the branches with great ease. It has two types of leaves, the most colorful show the edge with two or four cracks little steep (leaves are known as slaps on his resemblance to the palm of your hand with fingers extended) The leaves that protect the flowers in numbers far lower than the palms, are oval, with no cracks. The flowers, very small, yellow, often go unnoticed. They are grouped in umbels, a number to over the ends of the stems. The fruit is a ne5zra ball, smaller than a chickpea.

LOCATION: Live everywhere, on walls, on trees, on land uncultivated, rocky. It supports either the sun, but prefers the shadows and survives short periods of drought.

COLLECTING: As always green plant, allows collection of leaves at any time of year. Umbelas with the fruits should not be cut until spring, because although the flowers appear with the fall, the fruit takes it takes months to mature.

Precautions: The ivy is a plant toxic, so avoid eating fruits to leaves, birds and never know what the pecking. The experts will leave for its internal use, not without considering vomiting and diarrhea that may effect the ingestion of leaves and on fruits. Attention kids! As the vulnerary, the decoction of leaves is effective in about 50 grams a liter of water, wash the wound or sore with the liquid and warm and covered with leaves boiled, repeating the operation two or three times a day to complete the healing. Also against the pain can be applied boiled leaves on affected area. The leaves macerated in vinegar (3 or 4 for a pint in 24 hours Applied tripe and with a bandage for a day, 1 to jump without making any effort.

Used Part.

The leaves and stems.

Active Principles.

The whole plant: saponosides triterpenic (5%) glycosides of hederagenina (hederacósido C, alpha - hederina) acid glycosides oleanólico (hederacósido B and beta - hederina)

Leaves: flavonoids: rutoside, routine. Organic acids: caféico, chlorogenic. Traces of alkaloids (emetine) Poliacetilenos: falcarinona, falcarinol. Phytosterols: sitosterol, stigmasterol, campestrol, cholesterol, espinasterol. Sesquiterpenes: germacraneno, beta - elemeno.

Trunk: gum, traces of falcarinona (poliacetilénica ketone)

Drug Action.

The saponosides give it a vasoconstrictora, antifungal, antibacterial, and helminth Antiprotozoals, the hederina spasmolytic and action has an expectorant. The falcarinona and falcarinol reinforce the antiseptic and antifungal action and the falcarinol is slightly sedative.

By outsourcing has an analgesic effect and lipolytic; often is present in the composition of revitalizing skin creams and gels, as the saponosides facilitate the absorption and diffusion of other active ingredients.


Bronchitis, asthma, emphysema.

External use: wound healing, varicose veins, ulcers or varicose food, rheumatism, neuralgia, dissolution of nodules cellulites, prevention and treatment of skin stretch.



Side Effects.

The fresh plant can cause contact dermatitis.

Caution / Poisoning.

Oral administration should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision.

All the plant, especially the berries, are toxic, due to the hederina: it can cause vomiting, cramps, nervous disorders and prove abortive. Ingestion of two or three fruit produces symptoms of poisoning in children (nausea, vomiting, excitement) 5 - 12 fruits can cause death by respiratory collapse. In vitro hemolytic presents an action.

We recommend not prescribed for use by mouth: as antifungal, anti - bacterial, anthelmintic, Antiprotozoals and expectorant, we advise resort to other plants with less potential toxicity.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

External use:

Decoction: 200 g / l, applied as compresses.

Tincture (1: 5) fluid extract (1: 1) or glycolic (1: 5) in the form of ointment, liniment, gels, and so on.


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