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Lily of the valley and its healing properties

Lilies of the valley, lilies of the valley, bright May greetings, lilies of the valley, lilies of the valley, white bouquet ... These words from a famous song could not be better suited as an epigraph to today's conversation, since the topic of this post is the beneficial properties of the lily of the valley, contraindications and its use in traditional medicine.

For medicinal purposes, usually only lily of the valley flowers are used, but often the foliage is also harvested for the needs of the pharmaceutical industry.

Flowers, as well as foliage, collected at the very beginning of flowering lily of the valley. The inflorescences are cut off at about 2.5-3 centimeters from the lower flower, the leaves - at the level of the lower film sheets. In no case can not tear up the plant with the root, because it will lead to its destruction (we remind you, the lily of the valley is listed in the Red Book). Dry raw materials immediately in the shade or in a well-ventilated area.

May lily of the valley - a real fount of valuable substances, macro-and microelements. The plant contains flavonoids, cardiac glycosides, steroid saponins, alkaloids, organic acids, including malic and citric, essential oil, starch, coumarins and many other macro and microelements.

May lily of the valley: properties

Distinguished by such a unique composition, May Lily of the Valley can surely be called a panacea for many diseases. It is taken not only externally, but inside.

The plant is famous for:
• Choleretic,
• antispasmodic,
• Diuretic,
• Antifebrile,
• soothing,
• diuretic,
• Cardiotonic,
• Vasodilator properties.

The list of diseases that can be eliminated with the help of drugs based on lily of the valley is impressive:
• Neurosis,
• Hypertension,
• Cholecystitis,
• cholangitis,
• dropsy of cardiac origin,
• Epilepsy,
• Headaches,
• paralysis,
• thyroid disease,
• Edema,
• Infectious diseases,
• Acute and chronic heart failure stages I and II
• Cardiosclerosis,
• Myocardial dystrophy,
• Atherosclerosis,
• Heart defects,
• Eye diseases,
• Paroxysmal tachycardia,
• Fever,
• Rheumatism
• Insomnia,
• Diseases of the throat,
• Bronchial asthma,
• Basedow's disease,
• Malaria.

Lily of the valley: contraindications

Despite the fact that the May lily of the valley has a mass of beneficial properties, it is still referred to as poisonous plants. That is why before taking preparations based on this plant, it is necessary to consult with your doctor and strictly follow his recommendations. Due to the fact that the composition of the lily of the valley are steroid saponins, the risk of overdose is high. Especially hard consequences of intoxication are experienced by children.

Herbal medicine for myocarditis

You will need:
• Lily of the valley flowers - 5 grams,
• Fennel fruit - 10 grams,
• Mint leaves - 15 grams,
• Valerian - 20 grams,
• Water - 0.5 ml.

Cooking method
1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
2. Fill with boiling water 2 tablespoons of the collection.
3. Leave to insist on an hour and a half.
4. Filter.

Take a decoction 3 times a day for 60 ml.

Infusion of lily of the valley flowers with glaucoma

You will need:
• Lily of the valley flowers - 1 tsp.
• Leaves of fresh nettle crushed - 0.5 cups,
• Water - 20 ml + 10 ml.

Cooking method
1. Pouring the herbal tea with hot water.
2. Insist for 10 hours.
3. Add 10 ml of water.

The resulting mass is applied to the affected eyes.

Tincture of lily of the valley in May with convulsions and fever

You will need:
• Lily of the valley flowers,
• Alcohol (90%).

Cooking method
1. Fill a glass bottle for 2/3 with flowers of lily of the valley.
2. Fill the container to the top with alcohol.
3. Corked and removed in a dark place for two weeks.
4. At the expiration of the designated time we filter the tincture, press it.

We take 3 times a day, 10-15 drops three times a day.

This remedy is effective not only for the problems indicated above, but also for heart failure.

Infusion of lily of the valley in May for insomnia

You will need:
• Leaves of lily crushed - 1 tablespoon,
• Water - 250 ml.

Cooking method
1. Lily of the valley leaves pour out in a thermos.
2. Fill with boiling water.
3. Insist 12 hours.
4. Filter.

Take cooked infusion 4 times daily before meals for 2 tablespoons.

Decoction of lily of the valley as a diuretic

You will need:
• Lily of the valley flowers - 15 grams,
• Water - 1 glass.

Cooking method
1. Fill the lily flowers with hot boiled water.
2. We put in a water bath and we torment for 30 minutes.
3. Cool the broth a little (10 minutes is enough), filter, press.

Take 3 times a day for 20 minutes before a meal, 2 teaspoons.

Tincture of lily of the valley in May for rinsing eyes and rubbing with rheumatism

You will need:
• Lily of the valley flowers,
• Vodka.

Cooking method
1. Fill a half-liter glass jar with lily of the valley flowers.
2. Fill with full vodka.
3. Insist 18 days in a dark place.
4. Filter.

Tincture diluted with water in the ratio of 1:10 and wash the eyes or do rubbing with rheumatism.

Features

Lily of the valley is a medicine, but each part of the flower is poisonous. From the 16th century it is cultivated as an ornamental flower. Flowers of white color with a strong and pleasant smell are elegantly hung, gathered in a drooping brush, in May open. Flowering lasts 15-20 days.
A thin underground rhizome near the top is equipped with several bottom leaves of small size and a pale shade, they are half-hidden in the soil. Behind these sheets are two large, whole, broadly lanceolate leaves. Between these leaves at the top of the rhizome is a large kidney. The fruit is an orange berry with seeds of almost spherical shape. Plant height 25-30 cm.
Lily of the valley does not bloom the first 2-3 years. Only then on the rhizome bud appears, which gives spring escape.
The plant is very valuable for cutting and winter forcing. In addition, lily of the valley is a particularly valuable medicine for the treatment of the cardiovascular system.

Leaves, petioles and flowers have a large number of cardiac glycosides, flowers are stronger than grass in their action.

The lily of the valley contains salts of organic acids, tannins, coumarins, glycoside konvolvulin, alkaloids, a substance that coagulates blood, saponins, vitamin E, tar.

Collection and drying

Flowers are recommended to be collected at the very beginning of flowering, and leaves - until the end of flowering. Raw materials are dried under sheds, in attics, spreading the leaves in 3 cm layer, and flowers - in 1 cm. It is required to mix raw materials often, and also to have good ventilation in the room.
Care should be taken when drying the plant, as it is poisonous. Flowers and leaves deteriorate quickly, so you should dry the lily of the valley with special care.

Application and healing properties

Lily of the valley is more often used in traditional medicine than in official medicine. Broths and infusions of lily of the valley are used for heart neurosis and for acute and chronic heart failure. With the help of preparations from this plant, it is possible to reduce venous pressure, increase blood pressure, increase intestinal motility. Also drugs from lily of the valley have an antiviral effect on the body.
Alcohol tincture and lily of the valley infusion can reduce shortness of breath, slow down the rhythm of heartbeat, relieve headaches and cramps. Also, these tools allow you to get rid of excessive nervousness. Lily is prescribed for asthma, paralysis, epilepsy, neurosis.
In pharmacies you can buy a tincture of lily of the valley, which is taken with water 2-3 times a day, 20 drops.

  • At home, you can prepare an aqueous solution of lily of the valley. A glass of hot water is poured 2 tsp. dry flowers, then the mixture is infused for 1 hour in a warm place, wrapped, and then filtered. Take 2-3 times a day for 1 tbsp. l
  • To prepare an alcohol tincture, you need to pour 70% alcohol on dry flowers in the ratio of 1:10, insist 10-12 days in a warm dark place. Take 2-3 times a day for 15-20 drops.
  • Herbalists are advised to use a special collection for kidney stones. It is required to mix 2 parts of aniseed fruit, 1 part of lily of the valley flowers, 1 part of birch leaves, 2 parts of parsley fruit. Then 1 tbsp. l the mixture is required to fill with 1 cup of boiling water, insist 15 minutes in heat, strain. Infusion is used 3 times a day for a 0.25 cup.

It must be remembered that lily of the valley is poisonousTherefore, all drugs are used only after consulting a doctor. Improperly manufactured product can be toxic.

Description of May lily of the valley

In Latin this flower of the lily family is called Liliaceae, the etymology of this name is Latin-Greek, which includes the words "lily" and "valley". Most often it can be found in deciduous and mixed forests of the European part of Russia, it grows in the foothills of the Caucasus, on the Black Sea coast.

May lily of the valley is difficult to confuse with other colors - at the base of the floral arrow are collected lanceolate leaves of dark green color, and on the arrow itself there are from 3 to 13 fragrant bell-shaped flowers with a six-toothed bend. By the end of June, when flowering stops, the plant produces fruits - bright orange-red berries of spherical shape. As a medicinal raw material it is harvested in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. In folk medicine, the most often used for the preparation of decoctions and tinctures is the grass of the lily of the valley - flower arrows cut below the 6th flower.

Just like other medicinal herbs, they harvest the lily of the valley during flowering, not only the leaves and flowers are considered to be medicinal, but also the floral arrows themselves, which are called “lily of the valley grass”. Since the plant is listed in the Red Book, it is not disrupted when harvested, but cut, so as not to damage the root system. In addition, be sure to leave at least 1 square meter at least one not cut lily of the valley. They dry the raw materials on the same day when they are collected, laying them in rooms without access to direct sunlight, but with good ventilation.

The use of lily of the valley in traditional medicine

In the terrestrial parts of the May lily of the valley contains cardiac glycosides - biologically active substances whose action is aimed at normalizing the work of the cardiovascular system. The improvement of the kidneys, their excretory function, which helps eliminate swelling, normalize the existing difficulties during urination, is a consequence of this positive impact. Especially effective are combined preparations based on extracts from the grass of the lily of the valley and valerian, motherwort, hawthorn, which have a calming effect with a slight hypnotic effect.

Glycosides of the May lily of the valley have a mild sedative effect on the nervous system; they, unlike foxglove preparations, do not accumulate in the body and are not so toxic. Lily of the valley tincture prescribed to people suffering from compensated heart disease or neurosis, thyrotoxicosis. In clinical cases of acute decline in cardiac activity, a patient is prescribed an intravenous drug, Korglikon, containing a complete set of glycosides from the lily of the valley in May. The soothing properties of decoctions and tinctures from the flowers and leaves of this plant have long been known to traditional healers and are successfully used in alternative medicine.

Plant description

Lily of the valley - This is a perennial herb, the height of which rarely reaches 30 cm. The leaves are wide (the width can reach 8 cm), basal and elongated upwards. Between them there is an arrow with fragrant flowers in the form of bells. Their number varies from 5 to 20 pieces on the stem. The flowers are most often white, but varieties with purple and bright red hues are known. Flowering occurs in May for 20 days. After the flowers die, in their place the berries are formed, which are painted red in the autumn - birds and rodents love to feast on them. Lilies of the valley can be found in the ravine area, in the shade of trees or shrubs.

Chemical composition

Lily of the valley in its chemical composition belongs to the group of cardiac glycosides. Each part of the flower is rich in glycosides: Convallomarin is in the roots, Convallotoxin is in the flowers, Convallozide is in the leaves and in the seeds. The plant also contains a wide range of trace elements, flavonoids, sugar, starch, malic and citric acid, a small amount of essential oils.

What is the use of lilies of the valley?

The rich chemical composition of the plant allows you to successfully apply it in medicine. Let's look at what particular parts of the lily of the valley are used and why, and also determine their useful properties.

When used externally, preparations based on the leaves of the plant have wound-healing properties, and when used internally, they are soothing. The elevated part of the lily of the valley is widely used in medicine for the treatment of cardiosclerosis, cardiovascular insufficiency, cardiac neurosis, as well as thyroid diseases, epilepsy and various eye diseases. The infusion of the leaves is also used as a fortifying agent for the body.

The flowers of the plant are part of drugs for the treatment of paralysis, headache, diseases of the nervous system. Popular use of flowers in the form of powder. It is inhaled with colds, migraines. Widely used in herbal medicine. So, the leaves are part of antitumor herbal preparations (for example, collection Zdrenko).

The use of therapeutic properties

Let's select the main medicinal properties of lily of the valley and find out their use in modern medicine. The following properties that are beneficial for the human body can be safely attributed to the plant:

  • anti-inflammatory,
  • soothing
  • antispasmodic,
  • diuretic,
  • diuretics,
  • vasodilators
  • antifebrile.

Preparations of modern medicine

In modern medicine, this plant is used in the following preparations:

  1. Korglikon (available in ampoules). Made on the basis of lily of the valley leaves. Indications for use: acute and chronic heart failure, tachycardia, cardiac decompensation on the background of arrhythmia and circulatory disorders. Despite the fact that it can be prescribed to children from 2 years, "Korglikon" is contraindicated in endocarditis, ventricular tachycardia, myocarditis in the period of exacerbation, cardiosclerosis, Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome and bradycardia.
  2. "Konvaflavin" (available in tablets). The main component of the drug - the leaves of the plant. Indications for use: diseases of the biliary tract, liver. Choleretic and antispasmodic. Contraindicated in individual sensitivity to the drug.
  3. "Konvallyatoksin" (available in ampoules). Made from leaves and flowers of lily of the valley. It is used to treat chronic heart failure, heart rhythm disorders. The drug is contraindicated in people with the following diseases - myocarditis in the acute stage, cardiosclerosis, extrasystole.
  4. Cardompin (available in drops). In addition to the lily of the valley includes peppermint, hawthorn, valerian. It is used as a sedative, with heart failure (initial stage), cardiac neurosis. Contraindicated in case of individual intolerance to the components.

Recipes of traditional medicine

Traditional medicine is also not spared lily of the valley side: thanks to its medicinal properties of the plant is part of many tinctures. Consider, in which diseases take drugs based on it:

  1. For diseases of the thyroid gland and endocrine system malfunction apply tincture of lily of the valley leaves, parsley and cocklebur. Herbs are mixed in equal parts, then a pinch is poured boiling water and infused for 10 minutes. Take a tablespoon 3 times a day.
  2. With the neurosis of the heart, as well as a sedative and painkiller - 1 tbsp. A spoonful of leaves of the plant is poured with 1 cup of boiling water and allowed to infuse. Take 1 tbsp. spoon 3 times a day.
  3. With heart failure take an aqueous solution of fresh flowers of the plant. Here is the recipe for its preparation - 10 flowers are poured with 1 glass of water and allowed to brew for 1 hour. Take the tincture inside in small sips throughout the day.
  4. With eye disease, particularly glaucoma, to fresh flowers of a lily of the valley add a fresh nettle in a proportion 1: 5. Add 1 teaspoon of water and leave to infuse for 5 hours. After this gruel is mixed with a pinch of soda and, using cheesecloth, make a compress on the eyes. Nettle is better to collect in May - during this period all the beneficial substances and trace elements contained in the nettle, the most active.
  5. For insomnia useful infusion of lily of the valley leaves. For its preparation take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of leaves, pour 250 ml of boiling water over them and insist (preferably in a thermos) for 12 hours. Ready infusion drink 2 tbsp. spoon 4 times a day before meals.

Contraindications and side effects

Lilies of the valley, like any other medicinal plants, in addition to useful properties, there are contraindications. Since it belongs to potent plants, It is forbidden to use lily of the valley for such diseases:

  • myocarditis during exacerbation,
  • cardiosclerosis
  • endocarditis,
  • gastrointestinal tract diseases
  • liver and kidney disease.

If the dosage of the medicine and the recommendations of the attending physician are observed, there should be no side effects.However, check out what symptoms are characteristic of an overdose with drugs that include a flower:

  • nausea,
  • stomach ache,
  • vomiting
  • drowsiness and sudden weakness
  • dizziness,
  • bradycardia up to a complete cardiac arrest,
  • convulsions
  • dilated pupils,
  • extrasystole.

Harvesting plants

In order for the collected lily of the valley retains its beneficial properties, and its use has benefited the body, It is very important to follow the rules for assembling and drying the plant:

  • when harvesting flowers, flower stalks are cut near the place where they begin to grow,
  • when harvesting leaves, they are carefully cut with a knife, leaving at the base at least 3 cm. The leaves are picked before flowering begins.
Collected raw materials are dried on the day of collection. The more time has passed since the day of assembly, the less nutrients remain in the plant.

Knowing about such an extensive list of side effects and contraindications, is it possible to call lily of the valley poisonous or not? The plant contains the glycoside konvallotoksin, which has a strong effect on the cardiac system, so drugs based on it are taken only after consulting a doctor. Also in each part of the plant contains steroid saponins, which can also cause considerable damage to the body. Berries are especially toxic - their use is fraught with the strongest poisoning of the body. Harder poisoning berries carries a child's body - a fatal outcome in such cases is far from uncommon. However, with proper use of medicines and compliance with safety rules when walking in nature, lilies of the valley will bring only benefit.

Composition and medicinal properties

As a medicinal plant lily of the valley has been used for a long time. Scientists in the field of medicine and folk healers have repeatedly proved the beneficial properties of the spring flower. So, due to the content of glycosides in it, such as convaloside and konvalotoksin, lily of the valley agents have a beneficial effect on the heart muscle, and also help to reduce heartbeat and stabilize the work of many parts of the cardiac system. Therefore, lily of the valley is used in the treatment of:

  • any form of heart failure
  • heart defects,
  • hypertension
  • neurosis
  • edema of cardiac origin.

Infusions and decoctions on dry lily of the valley are actively used as sedatives in the excitation of the central nervous system, insomnia, epilepsy and headaches. The plant effectively fights with many diseases of the thyroid gland, and also dilates the blood vessels of the kidneys, which helps to strengthen the discharge of urine. Pre drugs based on it are prescribed for pregnant women for the treatment of edema and for women over 40 years old to stabilize the body's processes associated with menopause.

Citric acid contained in the plant, allows him to deal with such deviations in the body, such as:

  • anorexia,
  • slowing down of metabolic processes
  • toxin poisoning
  • fat accumulation
  • skin flabbiness
  • reduced immunity.

Malic acid, contained in lily of the valley, has a beneficial effect on the body in the form of treatment:

  • constipation
  • circulatory disorders
  • drop in visual activity
  • diseases associated with metabolic disorders.

In addition to glycosides and organic acids, essential oil, starch, coumarins, alkaloids, sugars and ash are present in the composition of the lily of the valley. Depending on the nature of the deviations in the human body, they allow the plant to provide various healing properties:

  • antispasmodic,
  • soothing
  • choleretic
  • diuretic,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • vasodilator
  • antifebrile,
  • and some others.

Contraindications

The composition of lily of the valley in May contains poisonous substances, so in any cases it should be used with caution, it is best to use it after receiving expert advice. Funds based on it are contraindicated for people:

  • with acute forms of kidney and liver diseases,
  • with acute myocarditis,
  • with gastrointestinal diseases,
  • with endocarditis,
  • with marked cardiosclerosis,
  • having dramatic changes in the heart or vascular system.

When taking infusions, decoctions or preparations based on lily of the valley, it is important to remember that due to the toxicity of all parts of the plant, you must strictly observe the dosage of funds. The main symptoms of an overdose are nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, dizziness, abdominal pain, drowsiness, and even cardiac arrest. In the event of the slightest manifestations of these symptoms, it is necessary to wash the stomach and cleanse the body with an enema.

Where does Lily of the Valley grow?

Lily of the valley grows throughout Europe, in the Caucasus, in Asia Minor, in China and North America.

In Russia, lily of the valley grows in the European part of the country, in Siberia and in the Far East.

It prefers deciduous, pine and mixed forests, forests, meadows and floodplain oak forests, which are rich in neutral, moist soil.

It should be noted that the shade-tolerant lily of the valley perfectly develops intact habitats, creating significant thickets.

Collecting lily of the valley in May

As a medicinal raw material use grass, flowers, as well as the leaves of lily of the valley in May.

Flowers are harvested at the beginning of flowering, that is, at the beginning - mid-May, when they have the maximum concentration of biologically active substances. Plant leaves can be harvested two to three weeks before flowering.

The above-ground part of the plant is cut with a knife at a height of 3-5 cm from the soil surface. But pulling out a plant with a rhizome is unacceptable, since such a collection can lead to the death of lily of the valley.

Drying of the raw material is carried out directly on the day of collection, because after the plant wilts, the cleavage of glycosides occurs, as a result of which the activity of the raw material decreases significantly.

Important! May lily of the valley is listed in the Red Book, therefore its preparation can be carried out in insignificant quantities, and under certain conditions.

So, in order to ensure the restoration of thickets, re-harvesting of the lily of the valley in the same area is carried out no earlier than two years later.

The collected raw materials are recommended to be dried by means of dryers with forced ventilation, while the temperature in the dryers should be about 50 - 60 degrees. It is possible to dry raw materials in heated premises, but always with open windows (if weather conditions allow, then drying of the lily of the valley can be done in well-ventilated attics). In the process of drying the raw materials must be mixed regularly.

The end of drying of the raw materials is indicated by the fragility of leaf stalks, as well as peduncles. Dried lily of the valley has a characteristic faint odor and bitter taste.

Dried raw materials are stored for two years in paper bags or plywood boxes lined with thick white paper.

Important! Since lily of the valley is poisonous, it is unacceptable to get into other types of medicinal plants.

The benefits and harm of lily May

10. Normalization of blood circulation.
11. Removal of cyanosis and puffiness.
12. Strengthen the nervous system.
13. Normalization of the heart.
14. Prevention of infectious diseases.
15. Reduced stagnation.

Important! Drugs containing lily of the valley, do not have a cumulative property, and therefore more harmless compared to other glycosides, and, therefore, can be used for a long time without harm to the body.

May lily of the valley - poisonous plant

All parts of the lily of the valley are poisonous, because they contain the strong glycoside, konvallotoksin, therefore, it is necessary to use drugs from this plant with extreme caution and only after consulting a doctor.

In addition, this plant has a steroid structure, as it contains steroid saponins.

Especially hard to tolerate the toxic effect of this plant children (there are cases of severe poisoning, triggered by taking lily berries). At the first symptoms of poisoning (we are talking about nausea and vomiting), it is necessary to wash the stomach and make a cleansing enema.

Flowers (inflorescence)

Lily of the valley flowers are used in the preparation of remedies for paralysis, nervous diseases and headaches. Dried lily flowers, powdered to a powder, are used as a snuff that helps with rhinitis and migraines.

The inflorescence of the plant is included in the collection Zdrenko, rightly considered one of the most effective antitumor charges in herbal medicine.

What treats May lily?

Infusion of lily flowers is used as an anti-inflammatory agent, which can be taken orally or used externally as a lotion.

1 tsp raw material is poured with a glass of boiling water and infused for 30 minutes, and then carefully filtered and drunk on a dessert spoon three times a day, after eating.

May lily of the valley preparations

The effect of the drug occurs 3 to 5 minutes after its introduction into the vein, reaching a maximum in about half an hour.

Korglikon, which can be used by children over the age of two, does not bind to plasma proteins and is excreted unchanged, mainly in the urine. This drug has almost no cumulative effect.

With prolonged use of the drug can be observed:

  • bradycardia (extremely low heart rate),
  • extrasystole (arrhythmia, which is characterized by extraordinary contractions of the heart),
  • bigeminy (one of the types of arrhythmia, in which the extrasystole goes after each normal heartbeat),
  • dissociation of heart rhythm,
  • conduction dysfunction,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • violation of color vision.

Korglikon is contraindicated in:
  • acute myocarditis,
  • endocarditis,
  • marked cardiosclerosis,
  • bradycardia,
  • atrioventricular block II-III degrees
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy,
  • unstable angina,
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • ventricular tachycardia
  • tamponade of the heart.

Important! The cardiotonic effect of the drug is reduced with simultaneous use with barbiturates, whereas when combined with Anaprilin it can provoke slowing of atrioventricular and intraventricular conduction. In addition, antihypertensive drugs reduce the excretion of Korglikon, thereby increasing its toxicity. When taken with drugs such as verapamil, adenosine, inosine and aminophylline, the toxicity of Korglikon is reduced.

Konvaflavin

This is a total flavonoid preparation based on the herb of the lily of the valley, which has a choleretic and spasmolytic effect.

Convaflavin is indicated for acute and chronic liver diseases, as well as biliary tract.

This drug is low toxic because it does not contain cardiac glycosides.

Convaflavin is taken one or two tablets twice - three times a day before meals, for three to four weeks.

In case of drug overdose, the following symptoms may occur:

  • dizziness,
  • upset stool
  • allergy.

When these symptoms occur, the drug is discontinued.

Konvallyatoksin

The drug, obtained from the leaves and flowers of the lily of the valley, quickly normalizes cardiac activity when injected (for example, when the drug is injected into the vein, the effect occurs after 5 to 10 minutes, reaching its apogee after one to two hours, while the effect lasts up to 20 hours).

With subcutaneous administration, konvallotoksin is less active, whereas with the oral route of administration, the effectiveness of the drug is significantly reduced, because the lily of the valley glycosides, firstly, are slowly absorbed, and secondly, are rapidly destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract.

The cumulative effect of convalloxin is poorly pronounced.

Contraindications to the use of the drug are:

  • organic changes in both heart and blood vessels
  • acute myocarditis,
  • pronounced cardiosclerosis,
  • endocarditis.

Important! The drug is administered slowly (within five to six minutes), because a quick injection can trigger a shock. It is necessary to take a break of at least two days between taking patients with digitalis and konvallotoksina.

This drug, in addition to May lily of the valley, contains adonis, hawthorn, valerian, peppermint oil.

Cardompin increases the tone of the heart muscle and blood vessels, while providing a pronounced sedative effect. Also, the drug normalizes heart rate, suppresses discomfort in the heart, helps to normalize sleep.

Indications for use of the drug are:

  • functional heart disease,
  • mild heart failure
  • heart neurosis
  • heart disorders during menopause (we are talking about the phase of menopause, which occurs after the last menstrual bleeding).

Kardompin 12 to 15 drops in the morning on an empty stomach, and 20 to 25 drops in the evening (just before bedtime) are taken.

In addition to the above drugs, May Lily of the valley is available in the form of powder and drops.

Thus, the dry extract of lily of the valley is produced in the form of a brown powder, which, when dissolved in ordinary water, produces a slightly turbid solution of a brownish yellow color.

Lily of the valley tincture is available in the form of drops, while additional ingredients of the drug can be valerian, adonizid, sodium bromide, motherwort, belladonna, menthol, belladonna.

Pure tincture of lily of the valley is also available, which is used for vegetative neuroses, as well as for the mild form of chronic heart failure.

Important! All drugs, which include the lily of the valley in May, are taken strictly according to the instructions and only after consulting a doctor, because the plant is poisonous, and, therefore, exceeding its dosage may provoke side effects.