Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis), Loss of bladder control, Fluid retention, Frostbite, Gout, Hair loss, Heavy periods.
Kidney and bladder stones, Swelling (inflammation) of the tonsils (tonsillitis), Urinary tract infections, Use on the skin for wound healing, Weight loss.
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Also known as horsetail.The above ground parts are used to make medicine. The Equisetaceae family of plants has been on the planet for nearly 300 million years (that’s not a typo). Horsetail is usually found in moist habitat and prefers non-chalky soil. It has separate sterile non-reproductive and fertile spore-bearing stems, growing from a perennial underground stem system. It spreads quickly by these spores and it’s underground rootstock, and can quickly invade a garden similar to bamboo.
One of it’s common names; Bottlebrush refers to the “scratchy” nature of the stems as well as the shape of the plant. The plant is high in silica, which gives it this gritty texture. The young shoots of this plant have traditionally been eaten in traditional Japanese and Native American cultures.People use horsetail for "fluid retention" (edema), urinary tract infections, loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence), wounds, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using horsetail can also be unsafe.
Horsetail is sometimes used in cosmetics and shampoos.
How does it work?
The chemicals in horsetail may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Horsetail contains chemicals that work like "water pills" (diuretics) and increase urine output.
Possible side effects include:
- Horsetail is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth, long-term. It contains a chemical called thiaminase, which breaks down the vitamin thiamin.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if horsetail is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Alcoholism: People who are alcoholics are generally also thiamine deficient. Taking horsetail might make thiamine deficiency worse.
- Allergies to carrots and nicotine: Some people with allergy to carrot might also have allergy to horsetail. Horsetail also contains small amounts of nicotine. People with nicotine allergy might have an allergic reaction to horsetail.
- Diabetes: Horsetail might lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use horsetail.
- Low potassium levels (hypokalemia): There is some concern that horsetail might flush potassium out of the body, possibly leading to potassium levels that are too low. Until more is known, use horsetail with caution if you are at risk for potassium deficiency.
- Low thiamine levels (thiamine deficiency): Taking horsetail might make thiamine deficiency worse.
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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