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The bark of the branches of one to two years.

Active Principles.

Abundant tannins. Mucilages urónica of nature. Phytosterols (cholesterol, campestrol, beta - sitosterol, citrostadienol. Lactones Sesquiterpenes. Calcium oxalate.

Drug Action.

Astringent (antidiarrheal healing) demulcent, anti - inflammatory.


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


Dyspepsia hipersecretoras: the lactones Sesquiterpenes and tannins induce an increase in the secretion cloropéptica. This side effect can be offset by associating with drug mucilages, as the marshmallow.

Treatment with iron salts, alkaloids and jelly, for its abundance of tannin. In the absence of data regarding the possible interaction with other medications, we recommend not manage simultaneously with other drugs.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction: one tablespoon per cup of dessert, simmer 5 minutes. Two to three cups a day, after meals, or applied topically.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M; Trotin, F. Medicinal plants of temperate Regions. Paris: Maloine, 1980, p. 76.

James, A; Duke, Ph. D. Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. 5. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 1987, pp. 495 - 6, 509; 523; 567.

Rivera, D; Obon, C. The Guide INCAFE of useful and Poisonous Plants of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearics. Madrid: INCAFE, 1991, pp. 287 - 90.

Trease, GE, Evans, WCh. Pharmacognosy. Mexico City: Inter - MacGraw - Hill, 1991, p. 398.

Van Hellemont, J. Compendium of Phytothérapie. Bruxelles: Association Pharmaceutique Belge, 1986, p. 412.

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