Ledum Palustre, or Rhododendron Tomentosum, is a commonly used herbal medicine for its numerous therapeutic and preventive properties. It contains several essential oils, and phytochemicals, which help in restoring health. It is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes and infections. It can also be used to treat gastric upsets. It can provide relief from loose motions and abdominal cramps.
HOW IT WORKS
Ledum Palustre acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It reduces pain, redness, and swelling in the tissues affected due to the inflammatory changes. It also possesses antioxidant properties, which help to restore the normal functions of the organs by protecting them against the free radical damage.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions of this herb help to suppress the production and release of pro-inflammatory mediators and decrease the overall inflammation. This action of Ledum Palustre also helps to boost the immunity.
Ledum Palustre contains essential oils that provide several health benefits. The essential oils present in this herb include Myrcene, Ledol, Cyclocolorenone, Palustrol, Myrtenal, and Limonene. These oils produce a soothing effect and provide relief from pain, irritation, and other symptoms.
THINGS TO KNOW
The leaves and shoots of Ledum Palustre contain essential oils, which are responsible for most of the therapeutic benefits of this plant. It is also rich in powerful antioxidants, which can neutralize the free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. This herb protects the DNA in the cells against any damage and prevents the dangerous effects of free radicals.
Ledum Palustre also contains phytochemicals such as Quercetin, Chlorogenic acid, Myricetin, Procyanidins, Coumaric acid, Caffeic acid, and Catechin. These phytochemicals support the normal functions of the body and enhance the health of a person.
INDICATIONS & USES
- Wounds and ulcers
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
The exact dose of Ledum Palustre depends on the condition to be treated. The dose may have to be modified based on the specific symptoms, the age of the patient, and the overall health.
BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS
Ledum Palustre is used in the treatment of diabetes. It can help to reduce the blood sugar levels and prevent the complications of this disease. It is also indicated for treating wounds and ulcers on the skin. It can help to relieve spasms and cramps in the abdomen caused due to infections.
Ledum Palustre is used for controlling the blood sugar levels in the patients suffering from diabetes. It possesses strong anti-diabetic properties. It works by increasing the uptake of carbohydrates by the cells of the body. It ensures a higher utilization of glucose by the body’s cells and tissues to meet their energy requirement.
This helps to ensure the excess carbohydrates circulating in the blood are used up by the body efficiently as a source of fuel. As a result, the blood sugar levels drop allowing for better control over diabetes.
The use of Ledum Palustre is recommended for the patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This condition occurs due to the lack of production of a hormone called insulin in the pancreas. This hormone plays an important role in the carbohydrate metabolism and lowers the blood sugar levels. However, in the patients suffering from type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, which results in a higher blood sugar level.
Ledum Palustre helps in these cases by stimulating the production of insulin. The antioxidants present in this herb protect the beta-cells in the pancreas against the free radical attack. This helps to prevent the degeneration of the beta-cells and ensures a higher production of insulin by them. Ledum Palustre also helps in treating type 2 diabetes by reducing insulin resistance. It increases the receptivity of the cells to insulin and thus, improves the effectiveness of this hormones during carbohydrate metabolism. (1)
Ledum Palustre can be used for treating infections caused due to a broad range of bacteria. The essential oils present in this herb possesses antibacterial properties. It helps to destroy the gram-positive as well as gram-negative bacteria and prevents the onset of infectious disorders.
Ledum Palustre is particularly useful for the management of intestinal infections caused due to a gram-negative bacterium, Vibrio Parahaemolyticus. The bioactive compounds present in the essential oils of this herb work by inhibiting the growth of this organism and prevents gastrointestinal infections. It also helps to relieve diarrhea and dysentery caused due to infections. It prevents the frequency of loose stools and decreases cramps in the abdomen.
Ledum Palustre also contains β-terpineol and α-thujenol, which can destroy microorganisms responsible for causing infective disorders. It can prevent the multiplication of bacteria and clear the infection completely. (2)
Edema and swelling of the legs, face, or other tissues of the body can be managed well with the help of Ledum Palustre. It can be used to prevent the postoperative water retention. It can also help to promote the healing of the skin that is damaged due to the excessive accumulation of fluids. It prevents the retention of excess water and sodium and reduces the edema.
The active components in Ledum Palustre act as anti-inflammatory agents. They help to prevent swelling caused due to the inflammation in any part of the body. It also prevents bluish discoloration of the skin or ecchymosis that occurs along with edema following a surgical procedure or any injury. (3)
Ledum Palustre acts as a natural expectorant and reduces a cough. It is used for treating infections in the lungs. It can prevent congestion in the chest by allowing for the expulsion of mucus accumulated in the lungs, and air passages. It eases the symptoms of a common cold such as nose block, running nose, and sneezing. It is also used to ease breathing.
These benefits of Ledum Palustre can be attributed to the presence of Terpenes in it. Terpenes help to clear phlegm from the lungs and bronchi and relieve a cough. (4)
SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY
Ledum Palustre is not known to cause serious side effects when used based on the indications.