Bitter iberis, scientifically named Iberis amara, is a plant that has been used for centuries in Europe. Originally from the Iberian Peninsula, it is especially appreciated for its expectorant action. In herbal medicine, this plant from the Brassicaceae family helps clear the airways. This action, iberis owes it to its main components which are bitter cucurbitacins (a substance that can be toxic), bitter principles, glycosides, amino acids, flavonoglycosides and mustard essence glucosides. Note that this medicinal plant is also known as “witch hazel”.
In which cases to turn to bitter iberis?
Considered by many to be a weed of vineyards, bitter iberis is a very popular plant in herbal medicine. For good reason, it can be used to treat various respiratory and digestive problems. It must be recognized that it has decongestant and expectorant actions. Therefore, herbal doctors recommend its use in case of:
- Respiratory conditions such as bronchitis or asthma;
- Digestive disorders relating to difficult digestion or bloating;
- Hepatic and renal obstructions;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Angina pectoris;
- Cardiovascular illnesses ;
- Myocardial hypertrophy;
- Cardiac dyspnea;
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities, especially the left hand and arm. ;
- Rheumatic pathologies such as arthritis and gout;
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
In what forms is this plant available in herbal medicine?
In herbal medicine, bitter iberis can be used in different forms. The parts used for this purpose are the seeds, flowers and leaves. These can be used in the form of poultices, homeopathic tablets and ready-to-use medicines.
How to use it ?
Two modes of use exist when it comes to bitter iberis in herbal medicine. These are external use and internal use. For the first, it is mainly the seeds of the plant that are used in the form of a poultice. In this form, this remedy is mainly used to treat respiratory tract congestion and that of the kidneys and liver.
As for the ready-to-use medications, these are to be taken orally. The dose to be taken depends on the doctor’s prescription. Indeed, it can vary according to the health problems of each patient. The tubes of granules based on bitter iberis are taken, for example, outside of meals. The granules are to be left under the tongue and melt there on their own. In addition, this type of product should not be taken with tobacco, mint or coffee.
What contraindications to the use of bitter iberis?
Although this plant is a natural remedy with many virtues, it should be remembered that it should not be taken in self-medication. Indeed, just like the other remedies available on the market, exceeding the indicated doses can cause you certain complications. Thus, before using this medicinal plant, it is strongly advised to consult a specialist. Also, be sure to follow the dosage prescribed by your doctor. As for the interactions and contraindications to the use of this plant, none is known to date. Caution is therefore advised when using it.