Cyclamen purple, or dryakva

Popular names: earthen bread, earthen slice, pork bread. Pharmacy name: dryak tuber – Cyclaminis rhizoma (formerly: Rhizoma Cyclaminis).

Botanical description. This perennial plant is similar in appearance to the popular indoor cyclamen, but much smaller and more tender. It is found in European mountain forests, in Germany – in Reichenhall.

Active ingredients: saponin glycosides (cyclamine), triterpene saponins.

Application. Previously dryakva was used as an effective laxative. In homeopathy Cyclamen is given for nervous diseases and against gout, rheumatism and all kinds of disease states.

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