What is Hedera helix?
Hedera helix, commonly known as Ivy, is an evergreen climbing plant native to Europe and Western Asia. Able to grow up to 30m high, Hedera helix produces small flowers in autumn and berries which ripen in winter. Extracts from the plant’s leaves are used to help relieve symptoms of chesty coughs.
The history of Hedera helix
Hippocrates, the ancient physician renowned as the “father of medicine”, is responsible for one of the first recorded mentions of the medicinal application of Hedera helix in 400 BC. Throughout history, many prominent physicians have since recognised the healing power of Hedera helix - including Leonardo da Vinci.
Hedera helix became widely accepted as a natural method to help relieve symptoms of chesty coughs in the 19th century. Before that, and in particular during the 16th and 17th centuries, Hedera helix was used as a natural treatment for a variety of inflammatory symptoms related to various illnesses.
Today, this useful plant is used around the world to help relieve bronchial coughs. While scientists know it’s the leaves that contain the active substances, they are still investigating the full range of the plant’s benefits.
The specific extract used by Flordis
The specific Hedera helix extract used by Flordis is known as EA 575®. EA575 is manufactured using a patented process.
Natural medicines can vary considerably depending on how they are produced. Flordis believes it’s the science behind growing, harvesting and processing that delivers the true health benefits of natural medicine. That’s why in the making of a Flordis medicine, careful attention is applied to plant species and growing methods through to cultivation and harvest, using precise processes to help produce consistent crops. This is continued with extracting and manufacturing of specific ingredients following a series of strict controls to help deliver a consistent medicine from one batch to the next.
It is this specific medicine that is tested in clinical trials. And it’s the same medicine that you receive, which is one of the reasons you can feel good about its effectiveness. Flordis medicines follow processes where all of the steps involved in the growth and manufacture of the natural medicine are tightly controlled to reduce variability and to help ensure consistency.