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Used Part.

The stipules thallus and dried.

Active Principles.

Abundant mineral salts: iodine, sodium, potassium, silica, calcium. Polysaccharides: alginates (30 - 40%) laminaranas, glucosanas soluble: laminarin (35%) mannitol. Mucilages, Phloroglucinol vitamins A, B, C, D and E.

Drug Action.

Remineralizing, vitamin, stimulant of general metabolism by activating the thyroid, lipid. The action puts floroglucinol antibiotic, mannitol is osmotic diuretic, laxative. The Algin, for his great ability to produce swelling sense of repletion and gastric, for its ability of the mucous lining, have an antiulcer activity. Calcium alginate is hemostatic local fast - acting.


Adjunct in the treatment of hypothyroidism, overweight, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, constipation, enterocolitis, ulcus gastroduodenal, oligo - anuria. Externally (calcium alginate) dental bleeding, epistaxis, skin ulcerations.


Hyperthyroidism, treatment with cardiac, hypertension, hiperosmolaridad plasma dehydration.

Caution / Poisoning.

They may contain heavy metals: Use only with proper control specialties of health.

The difficulty in assessing their iodine content, it is recommended to prescribe Galenical standardized forms.

Prescribe for short periods of time, for the possible occurrence of toxic symptoms (yodismo) due to the accumulation of iodine (Peris, JB et al. 1995)

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Decoction: macerate for 4 hours 10 grams in 100 cc of water. Boil 5 minutes. Take a cup before the meal.

Dust: 0. 5 to 5 g / day, given before meals.

Dry extract (5: 1) 100 - 400 mg / capsule. Take 1 - 3 a day between half and one hour before meals.

External use:

Bathroom of algae.

Glycolic extract (1 / 5) in creams or gels.

Calcium alginate, on the glass affection.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M. Dans la Plantes Les Thérapeutiques Moderne. 2. Paris: Maloine, 1986, pp. 219 - 21.

Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M; Trotin, F. Medicinal plants of temperate Regions. Paris: Maloine, 1980, p. 14.

Bruneton, J. Elements of Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy. Zaragoza: Acribia, 1991, p. 25.

Paris, RR; Moyse, M. Summary of Matter Médicale. Take I. Paris: Masson, 1986, pp. 359 - 62.

Peris, JB; Stübing, G; Vanaclocha, B. Applied Fitoterapia. Valencia: M. I. Official College of Pharmacists, 1995, pp. 337 - 8.

Real Spanish Pharmacopoeia. Madrid: Ministry of Health and Consumption, 1997, pp. 388 - 9.

Samuelsson, G. Drugs of Natural Origin. A Textbook of Pharmacognosy. Stockholm: Swedish Pharmaceutical Press, 1992, pp. 65; 73.

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