|Most Common Name:||Bogbean|
Known As (other names):||Buckbean, Marsh trefoil,
Water trefoil, Marsh clover, Boonan|
Bogbean - General description:
Bogbean is found in European marshes and bogs (hence the name). It was once
regarded as one of the best remedies against scurvy. Bogbean was also believed
to protect sheep against Rot but as it is very bitter it is unlikely that sheep
ever ate the Bogbean plant in any quantity.
Contrary to the name Bogbean
does not produce beans. It is believed that it was called Bogbean due to the
similarity in appearance to the common garden bean plant.
The entire herb is
Use for/In treatment of:
|Purgative|| || |
|Below we list
reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous
research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide
information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects,
if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.
We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary
considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with
the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Iridoid Glycosides: Found in many plants Iridoids are very
bitter. These bitter principles stimulates the release of gastrin in the
digestive system, which in turn stimulates the secretions of bile and other
digestive chemicals. Iridoid Glycosides have laxative and antimicrobal
properties. There are many that believe that Iridoid Glycosides also have
anti-inflammatory properties but so far the only tests have revealed a very weak
Iridoids. Iridoids are the most bitter compound found in plants.
These bitter compounds stimulate release of bile flow in the gut as well as
stimulating digestive secretion. Iridoids are anti-inflammatory (not as strong
as in other constituents, iridoids have some anti-inflammatory effects but should not
be used purely for this purpose), hypotensive and febrifuge. Some iridoids are
laxative and antimicrobial.
Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments
found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In
plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as
antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and
yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.
Laboratory experiments have been
conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory
system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental
stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free
radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral,
anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been
determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a
component of this herb.
Phenolic acids: Therapeutically valuable and not toxic the
Phenolic acids are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and
Pyridine-piperidine Alkaloids: These
Alkaloids include Nicotine, Coniine - both are exceptionally toxic. In very
small doses (extreme care should be taken with these toxic compounds) pyridine
alkaloids most are stimulant, bronchiodilatory, and sedative.
Alkaloids Typical alkaloids are alkaline organic vegetable
substances containing one or more nitrogen atoms. This nitrogen base is capable
of combining with acids to form crystalline salts. Most alkaloids are derived
from amino acids while a few are derived from isoprene units. Alkaloids are white or colourless solids containing oxygen (oxygen
free alkaloids are few and far between and then can only exist as liquids) Most
alkaloids are not water soluble, extraction is normally by tincture.
Alkaloids are found in about one quarter of all flowering plants. Thousands of
alkaloids have been identified from a large number of plants where the alkaloid
can be present in virtually every part of the plant or just a specific part like
rhizome, leaf or seed.
generally have profound physiological impact on the human body and nervous
system effects are predominant.
Many alkaloids are used as extracted and refined compounds derived from the
actual plants or synthesised compounds in pharmaceutical drugs.
Several Alkaloids are banned in many countries because of the extreme impact
on the nervous system (strychnine for instance is a deadly poison in very small
doses) and the habit forming nature of some of the alkaloid compounds.
Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's
functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.
Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and
Contraindications, do not use if:
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dosage|| || |
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and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in
certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we
will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
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