Small flowered willowherb
Small flowered willowherb – Epilobium parviflorum
Epilobium parviflorum is very common plant in Poland, rarely found only in parts of south-west, the characteristic small pink-purple flowers appear from June to September, they are very characteristic of fireweed seeds, which boll are released wrapped in white fluff. Epilobium parviflorum is a plant growing up from 20 to 80 cm in height. Commonly it is known as “men herb” because of characteristics that reduce prostate enlargement. About 70% of men above 60 years of age experiencing problems with the urinary tract caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia. Infusion also increases the amount of urine and with it the harmful toxins and metabolites (salts, ammonia and uric acid). As a result, it is recommended to use during urinary tract infections, also acts as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic is therefore recommended during infection of the reproductive system as well in women. Infusions also well suited for skin problems such as acne, seborrhoea, psoriasis or hair loss, not only for drinking but also as a poultice. Extracts from Epilobium parviflorum also act detoxicating, strengthen blood vessels and have an effect on a disorder of androgen.
For medicinal purposes can be used all species of fireweed, the most common herbal material is Epilobium parviflorum – Small flowered willow which commonly occurs in Poland. Mechanism of action:
- Flavonoids have anti oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, seals the blood vessels, and diuretics.
- Tannins performing largely roles antiseptic, antibacterial function.
- Phytosterols exhibit antioxidant to neutralize free radicals, resulting in anti-cancer function. They stop the development tumors of colon, stomach, lung, prostate. This process consists mainly of inhibition of the formation of new blood vessels, blocking the synthesis of carcinogenic compounds and initiate tumor cell apoptosis.
- Small flowered willowherb
|Small flowered willow||Epilobium parviflorum Schreb.|
|raw material||Herb with flowers|
|other names||Fireweed, hoary willowherb, willowherb, smallflower hairy willowherb|
|purpose||prostate, skin problems, kidneys|
- CATEGORY Herbs