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Used Part.

The result, occasionally the leaves.

Active Principles.

Iridoides: Asperulo. Dyes, heterósidos of hydroxyanthraquinone (1. 5%) ruberítrico acid (which splits into alizarin and spring) rubiadín - Spring, rubiadín - glucoside, glitter. Phytosterols: beta - sitosterol.

Drug Action.

Diuretic, antiseptic, loose - laxative, colerética, antiinflammatory, emenagogo. The leaves have hypotensive properties.


Oliguria, kidney stones, cystitis, urethritis, hyperuricemia, edema. States that require an increase in the diuretic: cystitis, ureteritis, urethritis, oliguria, urolithiasis (especially phosphates) hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, high blood pressure, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention.

Constipation, dyskinesias bile, situations requiring the application of a laxative.

Leaves: hypertension.


Pregnancy, lactation (see precautions) gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, cardiac treatment.

Do not prescribe oral dosage forms with alcohol content to children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

The lucidina and rubiadina resulting from the hydrolysis of lucidín - spring, are highly cytotoxic and genotoxic. We recommend avoiding their prescription during pregnancy, lactation and in any case, dosing and prescribing in discontinuities (Peris & al. 1995, 443)

Its use as a diuretic in the presence of hypertension, heart disease or kidney failure moderate or severe, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, to the danger that can result in uncontrolled contribution of liquids, the possibility of an uncompensated tension.

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Infusion: one teaspoon per cup of coffee. Infuse 10 minutes. Two cups per day, after meals.

Dust: 500 mg / capsule, 1 - 4 a day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 5) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.


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