Lily of the Valley

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Common Name Lily of the Valley
Latin Name Convallaria majalis
Family Liliaceae
Part Used Dried leaves
Gathering Time Gathered at the time of flowering (late spring)
Constituents Cardiac glycosides including convalla-toxin, and convallatoxol, saponins including convallarin and convallaric acid, asparagin, flavonoids, farnesol
Actions Cardiac stimulant
Common Uses Stimulates the muscle of the heart to increase contraction strength - use only under medical supervision
Contraindications Pregnancy and lactation.
Possible Drug Interactions Increased risk of bradycardia when used concurrently with beta or calcium channel blockers. Hawthorn potentiates the effects of Lily of the Valley.
Overdose Symptoms Death from cardiac heart failure

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