Viola herba cum flore

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

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Last updated on: 29.11.2022

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Synonym(s)

Herba Jaceae; Herba violae tricolores; Pansy herb; Wild pansy with flowers

Definition
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Violae herba cum flore (wild pansy with flowers) means an herbal drug that refers to the dried, flowering, aerial parts of the wild pansy.

HMPC monograph: Traditional-use: Internal and external: mild seborrheic skin.

ESCOP monograph: eczema, seborrhea, impetigo, acne, cradle cap, diaper dermatitis (internal and external
)Commission E monograph: external: mild seborrheic skin conditions; cradle cap.

empirical medicine: adjuvant in eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, itching; diaper dermatitis

Ingredients
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Flavonoids (calculated after violanthin; the highest content is found in the flowers), anthocyanins, vitexin. Also: essential oil; methyl ester of salicylic acid, mucilage, carotenoids, violaxanthin, sugar, etc.

Field of application/use
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External: for external use in case of light, seborrheic skin diseases.
Internally: for diseases such as rheumatism, gout and arteriosclerosis; additionally as a light laxative for constipation.

Pregnancy/nursing period
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No recommendation; no sufficient clinical data available to justify use

Dosage
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For external use, apply 5-20g/L as an infusion to the lesional area 2-3 times daily.

For internal use as tea: pour a cup of hot water over 3g of crushed drug and consume after meals.

Contraindication
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Children < 12 years only after medical prescription.

Allergy to one of the ingredients, in case of external application open wounds, damaged skin, pregnancy and lactation in the absence of data.

Interactions
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Interactions with other drugs are not known.

Trade names
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Laxative-Stada® N, Befelka® oil, Dolexaderm® S ointment, Hernia® tea

Literature
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  1. https://arzneipflanzenlexikon.info/stiefmuetterchen.php
  2. https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/herbal-monograph/final-community-herbal-monograph-viola-tricolor-l_en.pdf
  3. Wenigmann M.(2017) Phytotherapy medicinal drugs phytopharmaceuticals application. Urban & Fischer: 5.109 wild pansy (Viola [tricoloris] herba cum flore) pp 199-220.

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