Herbaceous summer plants from 1.5 to 3 m high with a powerful rhizome. Macleaya belongs to the poppy family. The stem is straight, with a wax coating, bluish-green in color. Leaves petiolate, alternate, 12-25 cm long. The upper part of the leaf is bare, green, the lower part is densely pubescent, white. Small, reddish-pink, up to 1 cm long flowers are collected in an inflorescence – panicle. All MacLeay organs contain alkaloids.
We do not grow, but cultivated in the Krasnodar Territory.
Medicinal raw material is a herb collected during flowering and during the budding period.
Both types of Macleia are a source of raw materials for the production of the antimicrobial product sanguirythrin with a wide spectrum of action, including fungi of the genus Candida and Trichomonas.
Sangviritrin helps with periodontitis, gingivostomatitis, infected burns, long-term non-healing wounds, ulcers, otitis media, fungal infections of the skin and mucous membranes. In surgical patients, the product is used for purulent wounds of soft tissues, fractures, purulent-inflammatory processes, burns and trophic ulcers. Infusion of herbs moisten wounds and make compresses.
With angina, acute pharyngitis, chronic tonsillitis, an infusion of herbs is used for rinsing.
With otitis media, cotton swabs moistened with an infusion of herbs, or a 0.2% solution, or a 0.05-0.1% aqueous solution of sanguiritrin are introduced into the ears for 10-15 minutes 2-3 times a day. The course of treatment is within 2 weeks, depending on the degree of the disease. In chronic otitis media, an alcohol solution is more effective.