Vol. 13 No. 2 (2007)
Articles

Plant of interest — Prunella vulgaris L.

Published May 15, 2007
Sz. Sárosi
Department of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Faculty of Horticultural Sciences, Corvinus University of Budapest, 29-43 Villányi str., Budapest H-1118
J. Bernáth
Department of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Faculty of Horticultural Sciences, Corvinus University of Budapest, 29-43 Villányi str., Budapest H-1118
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APA

Sárosi, S., & Bernáth, J. (2007). Plant of interest — Prunella vulgaris L. International Journal of Horticultural Science, 13(2), 73-77. https://doi.org/10.31421/IJHS/13/2/725

Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris L.), known as a remedy traditionally used as Chinese medicine, was neglected in modern pharmacy until the 20th century. Although in the Middle Ages it was respected for its wound-healing effect, the usage of this medicinal plant was confined just to the conventional pharmacy. Nowadays, because of the great dislike of synthetic materials, however, self-heal has become one of the most important target plants again. Owing to its valuable active constituents, besides its wound-healing effect, the plant can also be used as hepato-protective, antioxidant, anti-HIV, anti-cancer remedy, and it is effective against Herpes virus, as well. Its taste — and odourless extracts are applied by the food industry as natural food preservatives. Taking into account the importance of self-heal our aim was to introduce this plant species more detailed with regard to its active agents, effects and cultivation methods.

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