Steller’s dwarf

Name: Stellera dwarf



Perennial herbaceous plant of the wolf family with a powerful woody root up to 40-50 cm long and 4 cm thick. Stems numerous, unbranched, dark brown, straight, densely leafy, 20-40 cm high. Leaves alternate, oblong-elliptic or lanceolate, 17-30 cm long. The inflorescence is dense, capitate, 20-25-flowered, within the flower bed is simple, funnel-shaped, five-lobed, the lobes are reddish outside, white inside. The fruits are pear-shaped nuts. Blooms in May-August.

It grows in the southern part of Eastern Siberia. In Transbaikalia forms thickets. The plant is unpretentious, grows along the edges of pine and birch forests, on dry mountain slopes.

The presence of resinous substances and poisonous higher organic acids was established in the roots.

Stellera is suggested as a substitute for senna leaves. Medicinal raw materials are leaves harvested in June-August, grass. An infusion from the leaves is less toxic than from the roots.

In folk medicine, Stellera is known as a mild laxative called laxative root, matches, Alexandrian leaf. Stellera leaves in the form of an infusion in the ratio of raw materials to the extractor of 5-8 g per 100 ml of water were tested for chronic atonic and spastic constipation. It is established that the infusion of the leaves has a laxative effect.

Laxatives according to the strength of action are divided into 3 groups: 1st group – causing a stool approaching the norm; 2nd group – giving loose or mushy stools; 3rd group – carrying, giving violent peristalsis with pain and loose stools. According to this classification, the steller should be attributed to the 2nd group. Indications for use are chronic constipation of spastic, atonic and mixed forms.


Infusion: 8 g per 100 ml of water, take 1 tbsp. spoon 3-4 times every day, or 3 teaspoons per reception.

In folk medicine, laxative and anthelmintic effects of infusions and decoctions are used, in Tibetan they are used as a gastric and general tonic.

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