Yarrow - Achillea millefolium L

Reference: Orth M, van den Berg T & Czygan F: Zeitschrift für Phytother 15: 176-82, 1994.

Abstract: Yarrow is a herbal drag which has been used since ancient times. The herb is primarily used for dressing wounds and for curing gastrointestinal trouble. Its constituents and indications are similar to those for chamomile. Spasmolytic effects seem to be based on compounds of the essential oil and flavonoids. Antiphlogistic effects are attributed to azulenes (components of the essential oil) and sesquiterpenelactones. Sequiterpene-lactones with an exocyclic methylene group (i.e., guaianolid peroxides) are considered to be potential allergens.

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