Lily Of The Valley - Convallaria Majalis

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This Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Lily of the Valley - Convallaria majalis in the Liliaceae or Lily family

Part used: Rhizomes.

Taste/smell: Semi-acrid.

Tendencies: Drying.

Dosage: 1:1.3 fresh strength

liquid extract: 1-10 drops 1-3 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Lily of the valley is indicated for organic heart weakness with valvular insufficiency, edema, dyspnea, venous stasis, with a rapid and feeble pulse. The thoughts are dulled and the tongue is broad and thick with a heavy dirty coating that feels sore and scalded. The individual feels better in open air and worse in a warm room.

Use: (a) Diuretic, (b) Cardiac tonic, (c) Ganglionic trophorestorative, (d) Increases coronary circulation, (e) Increases myocardial action.

It is specific for cardiac decompensation, congestive heart failure, angina, endocarditis, mitral insufficiency, heart palpitations and irregular pulse. This herb is similar to digitalis in its action but it is faster acting and appears to be non-cumulative.

Contraindications: A toxic dose may cause nausea, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, restlessness, trembling, confusion, weakness, depression, circulatory collapse and death. Lily of the valley should only be used under the supervision of a qualified health care practitioner. It is also contraindicated during pregnancy.

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