Eschscholtzia californica

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Step, E., & Watson, W. (1896). Favorite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschscholzia_californica#mediaviewer/File:Eschscholzia_californica_i01.jpg

Botanical Name: Eschscholtzia californica
Common name: California Poppy (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
Family: Papveraceae (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
Parts used: Dried aerial parts (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)

Folklore: Used by Native Americans and Hispanics for it’s sedative and analgesic effects. Traditionally prescribed for toothache in children (Bone, 2003, p. 124).

 

Constituents:

  • Alkaloids: chelerythrine (Bone & Mills, 2010, p. 230)
  • Isoquinoline alkaloids (eshscholtzine and californidine) (Bone, 2003, p. 124)
  • Flavonoids (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)

 

Actions

  • Nervine (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
  • Hypnotic (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547; Bone, 2003, p. 124)
  • Antispasmodic (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
  • Anodyne (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
  • Anxiolytic (Bone, 2003, p. 124)
  • Mild sedative (Bone, 2003, p. 124)
  • Analgesic (Bone, 2003, p. 124)

Extracts have been shown to inhibit enzymatic degradation of catecholamines, the synthesis of adrenalin, dopamine, beta-hydroxylase and monoamine oxidase (Bone & Mills, 2010, p. 230).

  • Antitumor

Alkaloid constituent chelerythrine is a well known protein kinase C inhibitor, which has antitumor activity (Bone & Mills, 2010, p. 230).

  • Antiinflammatory (Bone & Mills, 2010, p. 230)

 

Indications

  • Overexcitment and sleeplessness in children (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
  • Gallbladder colic (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
  • Bone suggests Californian poppy to be useful in painful conditions where morphine or codeine may be used (2003, p. 124)
  • Anxiety (Bone, 2003, p. 124)
  • Disturbed sleep (Bone, 2003, p. 124)

 

Preparation & Dosage:

Tincture (1:5 in 25%)

  • To promote sleep 1-4mL at night
  • For antispasmodic indications 0.5-3mL/tds

Infusion

  • To promote restful sleep 1-2 tsp dried herb/1 cup water. Infuse 10 mins. Drink at night

(Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)

 

Cautions & Contradictions: None known (Bone, 2003, p. 124)

 

Combinations:

  • Combined with Corydalis cava for disturbed sleep (Bone, 2003, p. 124)

 

Interactions

  • Has additive effects when combines with other sedatives (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 547)
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