Horsetail Herb Helps Those With Hemorrhoids

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This perennial flowerless plant is most commonly called Horsetail grass but is also known as bottle brush, horse willow, Dutch rushes, toadpipe, Corn Horsetail, Atkuyrugu, Quyroughi, and Shavegrass. The value of this herb is found in the hollow, jointed stems. Its history goes back to the Roman physician Galen who recommended its use for kidney and bladder troubles, bleeding ulcers, arthritis, and tuberculosis. The Chinese still use it to treat dysentery, flu, swellings, and hemorrhoids, to cool a fever, and as a remedy for eye inflammations such as conjunctivitis and corneal disorders.

The horsetail stem contains equisetonin and potassium, both beneficial for body cleansing. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. But the greatest asset to making horsetail a leading herb as a diuretic is the chemical equisetonin. Because of this, horsetail can actually increase urination up to 30%.

Horsetail also has the power to help knock out bacterial and inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract and flush out kidney and bladder stones. Horsetail also speeds up slowly healing wounds and repairs bony tissues because of the quantity of silica in the plant. Silica helps to fix calcium, so that the body can store more quantity of this mineral and it is able to form stronger bones or tendons. This means horsetail is a good herb to take when dealing with osteoporosis.

Because of its mineral content horsetail is recommended for anemia and general debility. It has also been used to treat lung damage such as tuberculosis or emphysema. Horsetail is an excellent herbal source of silicon, calcium, magnesium, chromium, iron, manganese, and potassium. It has been used to treat prostatitis, enuresis, urinary tract infections and muscle cramps. This herb nourishes nails, hair, skin, bones and the body’s connective tissue.

Horsetail is effective in treating BPH, the benign enlargement of the prostate gland. Its toning and astringent action help to treat incontinence and bed-wetting in children. Recent research shows that horsetail is able to help remove lead accumulations in the body.

It may be taken internally to stop bleeding from ulcers or diminish heavy menstrual bleeding. It may also be used as a gargle and mouth rinse for sore throat and bleeding gums or mouth ulcers. Externally it may be applied as a compress to fractures and sprains, wounds, sores, and skin problems.

To make a compress, mix 10 grams of powdered horsetail in 1 liter of water. Internally, use 6 grams of powdered horsetail and be sure to drink plenty of water. Horsetail tea, is made by pouring boiling water over 2 to 3 g of the herb. Then boil it for 5 minutes, and strain it after 10 to 15 minutes. You can drink this several times a day between meals.

A few warnings are in order. Too much horsetail and licorice (and especially alcohol) decrease potassium levels and risk thiamine deficiency and cardiac toxicity. Some advise the following people to stay away from horsetail: breast-feeding patients, pregnant patients, those who are taking a cardiac glycoside, those with impaired heart or kidney function, those with liver problems, and who have a history or potential of thiamine deficiency. The equisetic acid in horsetail is a heart and nerve sedative that could be poisonous in excessive quantities.

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