Poisonous Avran – benefit, harm and applying. First aid for overdose

The poison of this plant can cause respiratory arrest and paralysis of the respiratory muscles, which can lead to death. Therefore, we want to say only one thing – use it correctly!

Botanical features of avran

(gratiola officinalis l.), family – scrophulariaceae

      Herbaceous perennial, has a pronounced brown rhizome. It grows up to 1 meter in height. Straight, tetrahedral at the top, stem. The leaves are narrow, at the bottom cling to the stem, acuminate to the top. Single yellowish-white flowers. Avran medicinal blooms throughout the summer, the fruits ripen in August. Seeds are small, are in an egg-shaped box. Avran tastes bitter, slightly pungent, odorless. The plant is poisonous!

Avran grows on wet soils – in damp ravines, in swamps, at the mouth of rivers, and in flood plains. Avran can be met in northwestern North America, in Eastern Europe, in remote areas of the Caucasus and Siberia.

Avran flower
Due to the use of a large concentration of avran, the visual system completely ceases to perceive the green color, but the effect is temporary.

The benefit of avran

Avran is difficult to call a famous plant, it is not everywhere common, and you should be extremely careful when handling an avran, because the plant is poisonous. Symptoms of poisoning are bloody diarrhea, convulsions and collapse. In extreme cases, everything turns out to be death.

But, nevertheless, Avran found his place on the shelf among the useful herbs. In the pharmaceutical industry, the main components of avran, graciolin and graciotoxin, are used in laxative and diuretic preparations, as well as preparations for heart failure and helminthic invasions. In an integrated approach, Avran is prescribed for pleurisy and lung cancer. Externally used as an ointment for scabies and eczema. The plant is valuable for its ability not to accumulate in the body. Previously, before the advent of modern medicine, avran drink to enhance childbirth and to regulate the menstrual cycle.

Active substances:

  • Betulinic, graciolinic, tannic, malic acid;
  • Resinous substances;
  • Saponins;
  • 0.3% glycosides (gradtolin, graciotoxin, gradiosy, gradiolin);
  • alkaloids (o, 2%);
  • iridoid;
  • Katalpol.

Indications for use: Very effective, but at the same time toxic cure. Avran is attributed to the treatment of liver diseases, from edema, eczema, fever, as a remedy for constipation and getting rid of helminths.

Contraindications: Peptic ulcer and gastritis, colitis and enterocolitis, irritable bowel syndrome.

Overdose: Avran poisoning is easy to recognize: first, a strong salivation begins, then vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Severe heart rhythm disorder, respiratory arrest and death due to paralysis of the respiratory muscles in the future.

Wild-growing avran
Avran in the wild

First aid in poisoning of avran

Step 1. Induce vomiting (removing residues of avran from the body will prevent further development of symptoms).

Step 2. Wash the stomach with activated carbon or potassium permanganate solution.

Step 3. Call an ambulance.

Remember! Severe poisoning can be fatal, so avran use should be strictly recommended by the doctor.

Health recipes with avran

Tea 1: Diuretic action. Jaundice. Heart diseases.

  • 0.5 tsp. of avran \ 350 ml of boiling water.

Boil for 10 minutes. Cool and bring to the original volume. Drink 1 teaspoon 3 times a day after meals.

Tea 2: Helminth infestations.

  • 0.5 tsp. of avran \ 350 ml of boiling water.

Boil for half an hour. Cool and bring to the original volume. Drink 1 teaspoon every 20 minutes.

Laxative effect:

  • 0.5 tsp dry powder to drink with water 3 times a day. The daily dose should not exceed 3 g.
Blooming avran
Avran – quite toxic plant. It should be used very carefully for its own purposes.

ATTENTION! Self-medication can be dangerous. Before use, you should consult with your doctor.

Interesting facts about avran
  • By consuming the avran in small doses, the visual system becomes more susceptible to green color. Due to the use of a large concentration of avran, the visual system completely ceases to perceive the green color, but the effect is temporary.
  • Drug treatment clinics use a trick using Avran: a concentrated infusion is an effective way to cause aversion to tobacco in a smoking addict.
  • In ancient Egypt, bundles of Avran were hung in front of the house to protect themselves from the plague.
  • In folklore, it is believed that Avran has magical properties, namely, it protects from evil eye and evil spirits.

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