Parts Used: Leaf
Constituents: Saponins (3 to 4% content) including hederasaponin C (hederacoside C), hederaginins and oleanolic acid; flavonoids and phenolics including rutin, quercetin and kaempferol, caffeic acid and dihydroxy-benzoic acid; sterols including stigmasterol, sitosterol cholesterol, campesterol and α-spinasterol; coumarin glycoside scopoline and the polyacetylenes falcarinol and falcarinone volatile oil including germacrene D, ß caryphyllene, sabinene and α- and ß-pinene; hamamiletol.
- Expectorant(Helps bring up mucus and other material from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea)
- Secretolytic (for the treatment of respiratory diseases associated with viscid or excessive mucus. Promotes mucus clearance, facilitates expectoration and eases productive cough, allowing the sufferer to breathe freely and deeply).
Major Safety Issues:
- Gastrointestinal disorders and allergic reactions have been reported and these reactions have been attributed to falcarinol and derivatives in relation to skin contact or cutaneous use.
- Not recommended to use during pregnancy.