Pimpinella saxifraga Linn var dissectifolia C B Clarke nonBoiss

Family ► Umbelliferae; Apiaceae.

English ► Burnet Saxifrage, Pimpinel-la Root.

Action ► Root—carminative, stimulant, expectorant, cholagogue, diuretic, emmenagogue. Used for diarrhoea.

Key application ► Rhizome—in catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract. (German Commission E. Above ground parts have been included among unapproved herbs.)

The main components of the fruits and roots are isoeugenol epoxy tiglic ester, isoeugenol epoxy-2-methylbu-tanoic ester and 4-phenyl tiglic ester. Roots also contain pimpinellin and isopimpinellin.

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