Mistletoe leaves (Viscum album)
Not to be used in pregnancy or if using blood pressure medication
Common name: Mistletoe
Part used: Aerial parts
Habitat: Mistletoe is a familiar hemi-parasite found across Europe growing from crevices of various commonly found trees such as poplar, haythorn, apple, lime, rowan and maple.
Folklore and History: Mistletoe has been a sacred plant for Druids and other cultures in the British Isles since ancient times.
Constituents: Polysaccharides, polypeptides notably viscotoxins, alkaloids, fatty acids, flavonoids notably derivatives of quercetin, terpenoids, lectins
Actions: Peripheral vasodilator, blood pressure lowering, mild sedative
Traditional and current uses:
• Hypertension, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, cardiac hypertrophy, nervous tachycardia
• Anxiety or panic attacks
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