Also known as Ivy, English ivy, common ivy and European ivy.
Hedera Helix is known by numerous names around the world. English Ivy is native to Western Asia and Europe. It mostly occupies coastal areas, salt marsh edges, woodlands, etc. since they have wet soil.
English Ivy is rich in medicinal properties which allow it to be used as an anesthetic, to reduce swelling and intoxication. Ivy is used by herbalists to ease respiratory conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and inflammation. Ivy is rich in anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiarthritic, antitumor, antimicrobial, antispasmodic and antioxidant properties.
The two critical components of this plant include flavonoids and Triterpenoid saponins which promote gut absorption and combat bacteria. The saponin components enable this by relaxing airway muscles, loosening up mucus which helps clear it quickly and by increasing the secretion and production of liquid film for oxygen exchange. This can also reduce irritation of acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin-related conditions.
This plant contains antioxidant activity which eliminates free radicals thereby preventing apoptosis and mutation which protects the body from chronic diseases including cancer. Furthermore, Ivy includes ant parasitic and anthelmintic qualities which help eliminate lice and intestinal worms.
Chlorogenic acid, α-hederin, hedera saponin B, hederacoside C, nicotiflorin and rutin.
Scientific Name: Hedera helix
Active: Hederacoside C
Part used: Leaf
Assay: NLT 10% Hederacoside C by HPLC
Spasmolytic/Antispasmodic, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Analgesic, Anthelmintic, Antitumor, Antimutagenic, Moluscocidal, Antioxidant and Antithrombin activities.