Primula flos

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Synonym(s)

flores primulae; Key Flower Blossoms

Ingredients
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The blossom extract contains 2% saponins (primula acid A), carotenoids, phenol glycosides, flavones, kaemperol, quercetin.

Effects
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The triterpene saponins have an irritant effect on the stomach lining. This effect is said to stimulate the bronchial mucosa via nerve fibres to produce more mucus. This dilutes the secretion and makes it easier to cough up.

Field of application/use
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Primulae radix and Primulae flos are used for the same applications. The root (Primulae radix) is much better documented. The ESCOP defines applications for "productive coughing and catarrh of the airways as well as chronic bronchitis".

Dosage
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Tea preparation: About 1.5 g (about 1 teaspoon) of the cut and crushed drug is poured over a cup of boiling water and sieved after 10 to 15 minutes. As a cough expectorant, drink one cup every 3 hours.

Undesirable effects
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Stomach problems and nausea may occur sporadically.

Contraindication
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Due to lack of experience no use in children <12 years hypersensitivity to the active substance, bronchial asthma , acute obstructive laryngitis in the history of children,

Trade names
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Fixed commercial preparations are:

Gentianae radix (gentian root) +

Verbenae herba (verbena )+

Herba Rumicis acetosae (sorrel) +

Sambuci flos (elderflower) +

Primulae flos (primula flowers with calyx)

= Sinupret® Juice Adults: 7,0-7,0-7,0ml; Children: 2-5.Lj: 2,1-2,1-2,1ml