herbals usnea

RECND304

Usnea

Scientific:Usnea barbata
Other:Old Man's Beard, Bear Lichen

Indications

Infection
• bacterial
- Staphylococcus
- Streptococcus
- Pneumococcus
- Mycobacterium
• fungi
- dermatophytes
- candida
• parasites
:
Respiratory
colds
bronchitis
pneumonia
tuberculosis

Gynecological
vaginal infections (suppository)
- bacterial vaginosis
- candidiasis
- trichomonas

Dermatologic
dandruff (seborrhoic eczema)
• wounds and infections (topical application)
- tinea
- impetigo
- acne
- abscess
- leishmaniasis

Actions

antimicrobial
antibacterial
antiviral
antifungal
antiparasitic
antiinflammatory
analgesic

Constituents

• Benzofurans (e.g. usnic acid)

Posology

• Tincture: 60-70 gtt tid or qid; best to lower dose and increase frequency
• Decoction: 30 g in ½ L water
• Vaginal douche: 2 cups, 1-2 hours every day for 1 week; also given orally

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

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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