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Adonis - Adonis Vernalis
Used part: Stem, Leaf, Flower
Also known as Adonis-da-Primavera, this plant of the family Ranunculaceae is native to Europe, and is also easily found in Asia and America, usually in limestone solitary slopes. Since its use for cardiac purposes in a relatively new way, since ancient times this herb was already being used for the cure of sexual affections. Measuring about 15 to 50 cm, its stem is erect, and its flowers usually appear during the spring season. It is known as an important plant for natural medicine, despite being poisonous, having cardiotonic properties, sedatives, vermifuge and emmenagogue.
Among the active principles are cardiotonic glycosides (which can bring sedative effects and combat coughs, epilepsy and asthma, because they act directly on the central nervous system), minerals and organic acids. It is so beneficial to health that its substances are not accumulated in the human body, causing no kind of harm. Your tea also acts as a powerful diuretic and disinfectant.
The part used for medicinal purposes is aerial. Its leaves have no smell and, like many herbs, taste slightly bitter, almost acrid.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Congestive heart failure
- Premature contraction of the heart muscle
- Rheumatic pain
- Add 1 tablespoon of herb to 300 ml of water
- Turn off when the water reaches the boil
- Cover and leave the solution muffled for about 10 minutes
- Strain and drink
How to drink:
Take 1 cup daily.
It should not be consumed by pregnant or lactating women and children. Those who suffer from stomach dysfunctions like gastritis or gastroduodenal ulcer should also avoid using this plant. Due to its toxicity, from the presence of the cardiotonic glycosides, one should only be ingested from a medical prescription. If you are being treated with cardiotonic, quinidine, laxatives or diuretics, avoid using Adonis tea as well. It can have side effects such as gastrointestinal hypertonia, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and headaches.