Medical plants

Ivy


Ivy

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Ivy (Hedera helix) belongs to the Araliaceae family. The evergreen shrub can climb to a height of up to 20 metres with the aid of its aerial rootlets. The leathery, dark-green leaves have three to five lobes when they are immature and are undivided and rhomboid in shape later on. Ivy has greenish flowers from September to November that are arranged in clusters and from which bluish black, toxic fruit develop in the following spring. Ivy is distributed from southern Scandinavia to the Mediterranean coast and as far as the coast of the Black Sea in the East.

Ivy has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient times. In the 19th Century, it was used in folk medicine to treat tuberculosis of the lungs and for respiratory tract catarrh.

Ivy is now mainly used to treat whooping cough and bronchitis. However, it must be noted that an overdose of raw, unprocessed ivy leaves can be toxic.

In combination with special thyme extracts, the processed and precisely dosed special extract from the leaves of the plant that is contained in Bronchipret® acts to loosen the thick mucus and has anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant and antibacterial properties.
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