Veronica officinalis Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
common speedwell gypsyweed heath speedwell speedwell upland speedwell

Veronica officinalis is a species of Veronica, native to Europe and western Asia. It is a herbaceous perennial with hairy green stems 10–50 cm long that cover the ground in mats and send up short vertical shoots which bear soft violet flowers. The leaves are 1.5–5 cm long and 1–3 cm broad, and softly hairy. It flowers from May until August.

Veronica officinalis

Medical use

Economic importance of Veronica officinalis

Medicines folklore
Weed potential sed contaminant

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Native
    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores, Madeira Islands
  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Western Asia: Iran ; Turkey - Adana, Balikesir, Bolu, Bursa, Eskisehir, Hatay, Kastamonu, Rize, Trabzon, Zonguldak
    • Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
  • EUROPE
    Native
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Faroe Islands; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    • East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy ; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; Turkey - Istanbul, Kirklareli
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Portugal; Spain

Biological activities

Allergenic
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Analgesic
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Anthelmintic
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AntiHIV
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Antibacterial
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Anticancer
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Anticariogenic
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Antidiarrheic
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Antidysenteric
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Antiedemic
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Antiglaucomic
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Antihepatotoxic
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Antihypertensive
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Antiinflammatory
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Antileukemic
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Antilipolytic
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Antimutagenic
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Antinephritic
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Antiophidic
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Antioxidant
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Antiprolactin
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Antiradicular
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Antirenitic
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Antispasmodic
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Antistaphylococcic
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Antitumor-Promoter
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Antitumor
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Antiulcer
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Antiviral
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Cancer-Preventive
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Candidicide
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Carcinogenic
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Cathartic
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Chelator
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Collagenic
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Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
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Diuretic
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Emetic
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Flatugenic
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Glucosyl-Transferase-Inhibitor
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Hepatoprotective
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Immunosuppressant
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Lactagogue
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Laxative
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Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
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MAO-Inhibitor
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Nephrotoxic
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Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
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Paralytic
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Pesticide
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Psychotropic
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RNA-Inhibitor
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Sweetener
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Uricosuric
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Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
6-hydroxyluteolin-7-monoglycoside Plant
Aucubin Plant
Mannitol Plant
Minecoside Plant
Resin Plant
Tannin Plant
Verminoside Plant
Veronicoside Plant
Verproside Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]