herbals chamomile

RECND275

Chamomile

Scientific:Matricaria recutita
Other:Chamomile (German)
Synonym:Chamomilla recutita

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• inflammatory conditions associated with burning and cramping:
- gastric ulcer
-gastritis
- colic
- dyspepsia
• motion sickness
• apthous ulcers
hemorrhoids
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

CNS
• mild sedative for overstimulated states
- insomnia
- anxiety
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Dermatologic (topically)
• irriation to skin (dermatitis)
- eczema
- ulcers
- burns
acne rosacea

Gynecological
• cramping menstrual pains
- dysmenorrhea

Actions

carminative
antispasmodic
antiemetic
nervine
vulnerary
antiinflammatory
antiulcerogenic
gastroprotective
antiseptic
antiemetic
antiallergic
bitter

Constituents

• Sesquiterpenes (chamazulene)
• Sesquiterpene lactones
• Volatile oils ( α -bisabolol)
• Flavonoids
• Coumarins

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 1-4 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 45% EtOH): 1-4 ml tid
• Infusion: (dried herb): 1-2 tsp tid-qid
• Cream (3-10%): as needed

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

References

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Barnes J, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines, 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 2007.

Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Bone K. A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. St Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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