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Elderflower, Sambucus nigra
Parts used: Flowers, fruit, leaves and inner bark.
Constituents: Flowers: flavonoids, phenolic acids, tripenes, volatile oils, mucilage, sterols, tannins. Fruit is high in Vit C.
Leaves: triterpenes, cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids, fatty acids and tannins.
Bark: phytohaemagglutins.
Actions: Flowers: Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Anticatarrhal, Anti-inflammatory, Galactagogue.
Bark and berries: Laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Leaves: Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic.
Influenza, colds, dry Coughs, Chronic nasal catarrh with deafness, Colds, Lung congestion, Sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, regulates extremes of Bowel function.
Eruptive fevers; smallpox, measles, chickenpox.
BHP specific, Common colds.
Herbal extract: 15-40mL per week.
Energetics: pungent, cooling, sweet, bitter, dry. Dosha: KP- V= Bark; warm.
Meridians: Flower; lung, bladder Bark; liver, kidney.
Contraindications: None.