Constipation, Cough, Bladder swelling (inflammation), Fever.
High blood pressure,Kidney stones.
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Couch grass scientifically known as Elymus repens is a diuretic herb that is native to Europe, Asia as well as Northwest Africa. It is a perennial grass and the common names are Witch grass, Wheat grass, Couchgrass, Durfa grass, Quack grass, Dog grass, Quick grass, Scutch grass as well as Twitch grass.
It belongs to the Hordae genera of the Poaceae or grass family. The genus name Agropyron is derived from the Greek terms ‘agros’ meaning field and ‘puros’ denoting wheat. The main parts used as herbal medicine are the root, rhizome and seeds. The farmers usually consider the couch grass to be a nuisance as it not only invades their agricultural fields, but also produces a chemical substance that slows down the development of other plants. Although, it is considered to be a bothersome weed in North America, in many regions of Europe and Asia, the couch grass hay is used as a fodder for livestock and its tubular root is sometimes consumed by people when there is an acute scarcity of food.
Couch grass is a cool-season; exotic, perennial, rhizomatous graminoid grass that grows about 1.5 m tall with spikes up to 15 cm long. The plant is found growing in scrubby barrens, pastures, abandoned fields, weedy meadows, edges of yards and gardens, areas along roadsides and railroads, mined land, and waste areas. It prefers fertile soils, rich in nitrogen and with a good water supply, and is less successful on very acid or very dry, shallow soils. Couch grass is a grass that is an invasive weed. The leaves and roots are used to make medicine.
Couch grass root is taken by mouth for constipation, cough, bladder swelling (inflammation), fever, high blood pressure, or kidney stones. It is also used for water retention.
Couch grass roots or leaves are applied to treat fevers.
How does it work?
Extracts of couch grass might contain chemicals that reduce swelling (inflammation).
Possible side effects include:
- It isn't known if couch grass is safe or what the possible side effects might be. Couch grass might work like a water pill and increase the elimination of water from the body. But it's too soon to know if this causes side effects such as low potassium levels.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of couch grass during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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