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Used Part.

Leaves, flowers, guts.

Active Principles.

Arbutósido, ericolina, rodoxantina, resin, glucose, andromedotoxina, flavonoid derivatives kenferol and quercetol.

Drug Action.

It has been used as a diuretic, urinary antiseptic, hypotensive, analgesic, astringent (antidiarrheal, healing) and expectorant.


Hypertension, kidney stones, osteo inflammations, bronchitis.

Side Effects.

It can be irritating to the gastric mucosa.

Caution / Poisoning.

This plant is toxic, due to the presence of an alcohol diterpene tetracíclico: the andromedotoxina producing, at high doses: hypotension, bradycardia and respiratory depression.

We recommend not to prescribe for internal use.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

See precautions.

External use:

Decoction (leaves, flowers) 50 g / l, boil for 15 minutes. Apply in the form of towels, lotions or baths.

Maceration oily (gills 1 / 3 olive oil 2 / 3) macerate for 20 days. Apply in the form of friction, as antirheumatic.


Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M. Dans la Plantes Les Thérapeutiques Moderne. 2. Paris: Maloine, 1986, p. 366.

Bézanger - Beauquesne, L; Pinkas, M; Torck, M; Trotin, F. Medicinal plants of temperate Regions. Paris: Maloine, 1980, p. 253.

Fernandez, M; Nieto, A. Medicinal Plants. Pamplona: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, 1982, p. 232.

Paris, RR; Moyse, M. Summary of Matter Médicale. Take III. Paris: Masson, 1971, p. 9.

Rivera, D; Obon, C. The Guide INCAFE of useful and Poisonous Plants of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearics. Madrid: INCAFE, 1991, pp. 67; 506 - 7.

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