Common name: Smallflower willowherb, hoary willowherb
Part used: Aerial parts
Habitat and Description: Smallflower willowherb is abundant in Britain and much of Europe, it grows to 30-80cm standing erect with a stem covered in small hairs particularly in the lower parts. The leaves are opposite and lanceolate with a single terminal pink or pale purple flower about 6-7mm wide and apprearing in July-August. This plant prefers moist soil, marshes, the margins of waterways and damp meadows.
Constituents: Tannins (4-14%), flavonoids including kaempferol, quercetin, myricetin, arabinoside, phenolic acids and derivatives, steroids, triterpenes, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, eicosenoic acid, behenic acid, arachidic acid
Actions: Antiprostatic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, antioxidant
Traditional and current uses:
Chronic prostate disorders:
- Obstruction of urination by the prostate
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Irritable bladder relating to prostate problems
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy
- Inflammation in the urinary tract such as nocturia (night time urination), frequent daytime urination, lack of complete emptying
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