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Common ivy (Hedera helix) is a tried and tested herb in the treatment of respiratory diseases. The mucus-promoting and antispasmodic ingredients relieve coughs and inflammation of the airways such as bronchitis or catarrh. Read more about the ivy effects and uses!

What healing power is in ivy?

Ivy (Hedera helix) is used for cathars of the airways and against symptoms of chronic inflammatory bronchial diseases, for example coughs caused by colds, acute and chronic bronchitis and whooping cough. Ivy can be particularly effective in relieving coughs if excessive thick mucus is secreted in the process.

Ivy leaves (Hedera helicis folium) are used medicinally. They contain, for example, triterpene saponins, flavonoids and polyacetylenes. A certain triterpene saponin, hederasaponin C (= hederacoside C), is metabolized in the body to form pharmacologically active α-hederin. It contributes to the antispasmodic, expectorant and expectorant effects of the medicinal plant.

Folk medicine knows many other areas of application for ivy. When applied externally, the medicinal plant is said to help with skin diseases and skin complaints such as ulcers and cellulite. Used internally, it is said to be beneficial for gout and rheumatism, for example. So far, however, there is no scientific evidence and therefore no approval for these areas of application.

How is ivy used?

Ivy is offered, for example, in the form of soluble instant teas, drops, juices, tablets and effervescent tablets. The combination with other plants such as thyme or primrose root makes sense, so these plants are added to many ivy preparations. For example, there are ivy-thyme preparations that help against coughs.

Tea infusions made from ivy leaves are not common and are not recommended.

In general, standardized ivy preparations provide a daily dose of 0.3 grams of medicinal drug. Dosages of up to 0.8 grams of drug per day are usually well tolerated. When using and dosing ivy preparations, however, follow the information in the package insert or the recommendations of your doctor or pharmacist.

What side effects can ivy cause?

Ivy preparations in high doses can cause stomach discomfort, nausea and vomiting in sensitive people.

Fresh ivy leaves and the leaf juice can cause allergic reactions if they come into contact with the skin.

What to watch out for when using ivy

For diseases such as bronchitis or whooping cough, the doctor will primarily prescribe chemical drugs such as antibiotics or cough suppressants (codeine, dextromethorphan). Ivy preparations can help relieve the symptoms here (adjuvant). However, always discuss the combined intake of chemical and herbal preparations with the attending physician first!

The ingredients of ivy are offered in both alcohol-containing and alcohol-free finished medicinal products, with alcohol-free ones being recommended for children.

There are no studies on the safety of use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. In these phases of life, ivy preparations should not be used or at most after consultation with the doctor.

Ivy supplements should not be used in children under two years of age because they could worsen breathing symptoms. Children between two and four years of age should only use such preparations on medical advice.

If you have a fever, shortness of breath or bloody sputum with respiratory diseases, you should always see a doctor.

How to get ivy and its products

There are various preparations of ivy (cough syrup, tablets, drops, etc.) in pharmacies and drugstores. Discuss the type and duration of application as well as possible interactions in combination with chemical preparations with your doctor or pharmacist.

Interesting facts about ivy

Ivy (Hedera helix) belongs to the Araliaceae family. It is widespread throughout Europe and is now found in many forms of culture and garden.

The woody, evergreen climber climbs up trees and shrubs, walls, gutters or balcony supports with the help of adhesive roots. The leaves on non-flowering shoots are three- to five-lobed, glossy, dark green and often have light-colored leaf veins. The leaves on flowering shoots, however, are diamond-shaped to lanceolate and pointed long. From September to October the inconspicuous, greenish-yellow ivy flowers appear in spherical inflorescences. Pea-sized, blue-black berries develop from them. Like the leaves, they are slightly poisonous.

Because of his adhesive roots he got ivy its Latin name: The Greek word "hedra" means "to sit" - a reference to the fact that the plant clings to walls and trees. The species name "helix" (Greek = twisted) also explains the upwelling property of the plant.

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