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Used Part.

The flowering branches.

Active Principles.

Plant poorly studied.

The bark contains a fatty substance and viscose; tannins.

The flowers contain sucrose, invertina acid glycosides and valerian.

Fruits: acid valerian, viburnina. Tannins.

Drug Action.

Popularly used as hypotensive and hipoviscosizante plasma (for "lower the blood") The fruits were used as an astringent yesteryear (antidiarrheal, anti - inflammatory, healing) for their content of tannin. The bark produces an intense flushing.

It has recently been described that the aqueous extract of the bark, flowers, leaves and fruits has cardiotonic effect (Villar, L. et al.


Leaves and berries: diarrhea. In topical use: wounds and skin sores, mouth or corneal, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, parodontopatías, pharyngitis, dermatitis, erythema, pruritus, vulvovaginitis.



Pregnancy, infancy, children.

Cardiac treatment.

Gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcer: tannins can irritate the gastric mucosa, this side effect can be offset by associating with drug mucilages, as the marshmallow.

Side Effects.

The intake of fruits can cause gastroenteritis, nervous agitation, hematuria, shortness of breath and even death due to collapse.

The crust can be blistering.

Caution / Poisoning.

Do not apply over areas of blemished skin.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction: One tablespoon per cup of coffee. Boil 5 minutes. One cup a day, in the form of discontinuous treatments (a week or nine days a month)


Mulet, L. Toxic Plants of Valencia. Castellon: Provincial, 1997, pp. 437 - 8.

Rivera, D; Obon, C. The Guide INCAFE of useful and Poisonous Plants of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearics. Madrid: INCAFE, 1991, p. 941.

Villar, L; Palacín, JM; Calvo, C. Gomez, D; Montserrat, G. Medicinal Plants of the Aragonese Pyrenees and other tierrras Huesca. 2. Huesca: Provincial, 1992, p. 246.

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