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Ivy is an evergreen vine of the genus Hedera in the Araliaceae family, native to the humid woods of central and southern Europe and West Asia. Now it grows in many places around the world, and it is common in wild and gardens. Ivy leaves and berries are used medicinally.
Ivy extract is an extract from the leaves of the Chinese ivy plant and should not be confused with South American poison ivy.
Ivy is included in the European Pharmacopoeia, and its main components are triterpenoid saponins, collectively referred to as ivy saponins, which are a mixture of several different glycosides. In addition, it contains inositol, carotene, sugars, and 29.4% tannin. Generally based on hederacoside C (Hederacoside C).
1. Treat swelling and blockage of the respiratory tract and promote the health of the respiratory system;
2. Improve the lung function of patients with bronchial swelling;
3. Bring out the mucus and other substances produced by the lungs from the body;
4. Treat liver, gallbladder, spleen and other visceral diseases;
5. Treat gout and joint pain;
6. Treatment of adenopathy.
1. Application of ivy extract in medicine
a. Ivy plant extract can dissolve gallstones, is effective for early cholesterol stones and isolated and mixed cholesterol stones, and has the effect of relaxing bronchial smooth muscle.
b. Ivy saponins can increase the secretion of mucous membranes in the lungs, have a phlegm-relieving effect, and are especially beneficial to patients with certain diseases such as asthma and bronchitis. Cough sometimes causes bronchial muscle spasms, and this extract can relieve spasms.
c. Ivy extract can relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatism, help strengthen bones, and reduce joint inflammation. If skin inflammation burns or damages, ivy extract can promote cell regeneration and healing.
2. Application of ivy extract in daily chemical products
Ivy extract inhibits sebum production, lotion or ointment fights wrinkles, it helps hydrate dry skin and reduce fine lines on the face. It is also one of the odors, so ivy extract can be used in anti-odor products;
The dosage forms of ivy extract are mostly syrup or drops, which are widely tried in Europe.
1. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should only take medicines recommended by your physician.
2. Taking other medicines: including over-the-counter, over-the-counter medicines or prescribed medicines.
3. Allergic to any substance containing ivy: or allergic to other drugs, herbs.
4. Suffering from other diseases: such as physiological system disorders, or any other health conditions.
5. Allergies to certain substances: such as certain foods, artificial colors, preservatives, or animal allergies.
Pregnancy or breastfeeding: It is still uncertain whether ivy products are suitable for consumption during pregnancy or breastfeeding, so to be on the safe side, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid them.
Children: Children can take cough syrup containing ivy leaf extract, or herbal drops. If they are taken orally 3 times a day for up to 20 days, there is basically no safety problem. Consult a physician first.
Some cough syrups, such as Prospan, Panoto-s, Athos, Abrilar, etc., contain ivy leaf extract. Taking it every day, orally 3 times a day, basically does not cause harm to the human body. However, if ivy is applied directly to the skin, its safety cannot be guaranteed, as some people may experience skin irritation when exposed to ivy leaves.
Oral ivy products may cause skin irritation.
Ivy leaf extract may cause mild stomach upset.
However, not everyone who uses ivy will have side effects. The above side effects are only common symptoms and not all. If you have any concerns about the side effects of ivy, please consult your doctor first.