Also known as Adonis-da-Primavera, this plant of the Ranunculaceae family originates from Europe, and is also easily found in Asia and America, usually in sunny slopes with a limestone subsoil. Having its use for cardiac purposes in a relatively new way, since antiquity this herb was already being used for the cure of sexual affections. Measuring about 15 to 50 cm, its stem is erect and its flowers usually appear during the spring season. It is known as an important plant for natural medicine, despite being poisonous, having cardiotonic, sedative, anthelmintic and emmenagogue properties.
Among the active principles are cardiotonic glycosides (which can bring sedative effects and fight coughs, epilepsies and asthma, as they appear directly on the central nervous system), mineral salts and organic acids. It is beneficial to health that its substances are not stored in the human body, not causing any harm. Its also acts as a powerful diuretic and disinfectant.
The part used for medicinal purposes is the aerial part. Its leaves have no smell and, like many herbs, it has a slightly bitter, almost acrid taste.
When the Adonis plant is indicated
- Congestive heart failure;
- Premature contraction of the heart muscle;
- Rheumatic pain.
Add a tablespoon of the Adonis plant to 300 ml of water.
Bring to the fire and, as soon as it starts to boil, turn it off. Seal the mixture with a lid and leave it in a sweltering situation for about ten minutes. At the end of this time, strain and drink. Take a cup of tea a day.
It should not be consumed by pregnant or lactating women and children. Those who suffer from stomach disorders such as gastritis or gastroduodenal ulcers should also avoid using this plant.
Due to its toxicity, from the presence of cardiotonic glycosides, it should only be ingested after medical prescription.
If you are undergoing treatment with cardiotonic heterosides, quinidine, laxatives or diuretics, also avoid using Adonis tea .
It may have side effects such as gastrointestinal hypertonia, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and headaches.