Shave Grass (Equisetum arvense)

Botanical name: Equisetum arvense
Origin: Bulgaria
Therapeutic actions: Anodyne; Antiseptic; Astringent; Cardiac; Carminative; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Galactogogue; Hemostatic;
Nervine; Vulnerary.
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
Drug Interactions: Interacts with: Loop Diuretics, Spironolactone, Thiazide, Diuretics and Triamterene.
Description: Shavegrass is a storehouse of silica. Silica is needed for the absorption of calcium in the body. It helps to check fatty deposits in the arteries.
Internal uses: It works best as a diuretic. It is used as a tissue builder and may be employed in the treatment of debility and anemic conditions. It is strengthening to the hair, fingernails and broken bones. White spots in the nails may indicate a calcium imbalance in the body; therefore, it may help to correct this imbalance. Its astringency makes it effective in stopping bleeding both internally and externally. It has also been useful for bedwetting in children.
Other uses: inflamed/enlarged prostate, cystitis, urinary stones, excessive menstrual flow and leucorrhea (may also be used as a douche), to heal wounds, for kidney and bladder imbalance, water retention, tuberculosis, gout, muscle cramps, bronchitis, gallbladder disorder and prostate disorders.
External uses: As a poultice, it has helped to depress bleeding and accelerate healing of burns and wounds.
Suggested Dosage: 6 grams daily. Tincture– 2 tsp—10 ml 3 times daily.
CAUTION: Do not use if pregnant or nursing.

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