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Billberry, Vaccinium myrtillus
Parts used: The ripe fruit is harvested in the autumn, and the leaves.
Constituents: Volatile oil, Flavonoids, Alkaloids, Tannins. Vitamins: C and E.
Minerals: Manganese, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium and selenium.
Actions: Astringent, Urinary antiseptic, Anti-diabetic, Collagen stabiliser, Nutritient, Anti-galactagogue.
Varicose veins, fragile capillaries, oedema, constipation, diarrhoea.
Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, detoxification.
Dysentery, haematuria, poor night vision, day blindness, glaucoma, cataracts, strengthens capillary integrity especially in the eyes.
Herbal extract: 20-40mL per week.
Energetics: Leaves; Cool, astringent. Berries; Sweet, Astringent.
Meridians: lung, stomach, large intestine, bladder.
Contraindications: None.