herbals juniper

RECND291

Juniper

Scientific:Juniperus communis
Other:Juniper

Indications

High essential oil content constitutes most actions.

Urinary
urinary tract infections (UTI)
cystitis
edema, due to poor kidney function†

Gastrointestinal
• digestive complaints with bloating and gas causng cramps:
- flatulence
- colic

Actions

diuretic
antiseptic (urinary)
antimicrobial
counter-irritant
antirheumatic

Constituents

• Volatile oils (pinene, terpin-4-ol)
• Sesquiterpenes
• Flavonoids
• Tannins

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 0.5-1 ml tid
• Infusion (dried berries): 1 tsp tid

Safety

† Contraindications: Acute kidney disease.

Long-term use: Not recommended.

Pregnancy: Avoid use due to possible abortifacient effects.

References

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

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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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