Latin name: Epilobium parviflorum
Other names: Fireweed, Hoary willowherb, Smallflower hairy willowherb
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.
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.
For medicinal purposes used: brew, macerate, tincture, tonics and ointments. Due to the impact of firewood extract on the hormonal system, should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding, while other hormone therapies and in children.