Horsetail. Properties

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
This herb is named after the threadlike appearance of its foliage. Horsetail is common in Europe. It is famous for its rich mineral composition as for its antiquity. Its use dates back to the sixteenth century.

Properties of Horsetail
* The research of this plant has shown the extraordinary mineral wealth of the cauda equina, especially in silica.
* It stimulates the synthesis of collagen content in bone and connective tissue, an action that allows reconstruction of the cartilage in joint diseases.
* Facilitates the consolidation of bone fractures.
* Improves flexibility of tendons and contributes to its protection efforts for sustained sports (tennis elbow).
* Its main property is remineralizing and astringent, healing, diuretic and haemostatic.
* It is used in the treatment of bone: consolidation of fractures, rheumatism, osteoporosis, rickets, bone injuries, tendonitis and joint pain (reconstruction of cartilage).
* As a diuretic is used in: albuminuria, urinary infections, cystitis, ureteritis urethritis, oliguria, urolithiasis, hiperazotemia, hyperuricemia, gout, hypertension, edema, overweight accompanied by fluid retention.
* As an astringent in: bleeding, epistaxis, hematuria, metrorrhagia, dysmenorrhea.
* Besides its use is indicated for fatigue, convalescence, anemia.
* For topical use: wounds and skin ulcers, mouth or corneal, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis, dermatitis, erythema, pruritus, vulvovaginitis.

Contraindications to Horsetail
* Pregnancy, lactation.
* Gastritis, peptic ulcer: tannins and silicic salts (in particular silicon dioxide) may irritate the gastric mucosa.
* Do not use dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.

Side Effects of Horsetail
None known.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

* Principles Toxic thiaminase (destroys vitamin B1), alkaloids (palustrine), saponosides (equisetonina) and aconite acid.
* It is often replaced by forgeries or have other species of Equisetum therefore should require quality control of the plant.
* As a diuretic if blood pressure or heart disease should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision, given the possibility of occurrence of decompensation tension.
* As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = something toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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Index of medicinal plants

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