Many plants surrounding a person are very good for health. Today this is rarely remembered, but in Russia it was believed that "every disease has its own grass." And one of such medicinal herbs is the hemorrhage.
What is a hemorrhage
The hemophilus is a perennial herb belonging to the Rosaceae family. More than 20 types of hemorrhages are known, most of which grow in North Asia and some regions of Europe. It usually grows in pastures and gardens, although it is not uncommon in mountainous regions. This plant takes root in almost any terrain, grows well even on the poorest soils. Hemophilia, as a rule, is found in regions with a temperate climate, but it can also tolerate dry weather and very frosty winters. By the way, the hemophilus is one of the few plants that grow well in cold Finland and in areas near the Arctic Circle. Adult plants grow from 30 to 90 cm in height. The basal rosette consists, as a rule, of 4-6 pairs of serrated oval leaves. From the middle of the rosette, thin rounded stems grow with tiny burgundy flowers collected in club-shaped inflorescences. Bloomstorm blooms from June to September. In early autumn, single seeds appear at the place of flowers.
Hemophilia is common in Europe, Asia, North America and even Africa. And in the northern and northeastern regions of China, in the Urals, in Siberia and Tatarstan it is cultivated for commercial purposes.
The nutritional value
All parts of the hemoptysis contain many glycosides, tannins, ellagotanins and saponins. Glycosides, as scientific evidence suggests, help lower cholesterol. Other of these nutrients stimulate the immune system, improve the health of the musculoskeletal system. The chemical composition of this plant also contains anticancer agents, in particular tannins and gallic acid, which affect the body as antioxidants.
The stems and leaves also contain small portions of rutin, quercetin and kempferol, which have a powerful anti-inflammatory force and the ability to withstand free radicals. Another useful component of a hemoptysis is beta-sitosterol. This chemical compound effectively lowers cholesterol and slows the growth of cancerous tumors.
Rhizomes of the hemorrhagic are almost 17 percent composed of tannins, which have astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Benefits of a Blood Calorific
The Latin name for this plant, Sanguisorba, translates as "absorb blood." But the benefits of hemoptysis do not end there. It was not for nothing that the pharmacologist of the Chinese Ming Dynasty argued that in its value, the hemorrhage is equivalent to pearls. The ancient Greeks who used the plant to stop bleeding knew about the benefits of this plant. And here are some facts about the beneficial properties of a hemoptysis known to modern researchers.
The leaves and stems of the hemorrhagic are an excellent source of flavonoids, including quercetin, gallic acid, kempferol and rutin, which have antioxidant properties, the ability to neutralize free radicals, thereby preventing cancer.
The Latin name of this plant suggests that the hemophilus has the ability to stop bleeding. Interestingly, drinking herbal tea from this plant can help stop external bleeding and prevent internal hemorrhages.
Gastrointestinal tract protection
Due to the astringent and anti-inflammatory effects, hemoptysis is a good medicine for gastrointestinal upsets, gastritis, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, enteritis.
The cure for rheumatism
It is scientifically proven that the hemophilus is an effective herbal remedy for the treatment of rheumatism. Infusions from this herb relieve pain and relieve the general condition of patients with rheumatism.
Antibacterial and antiviral agent
The information that the hemoptysis helps to overcome the plague came to modern researchers from ancient records of eastern herbalists. Modern laboratory experiments have confirmed the correctness of this treatment: the beneficial substances contained in the juice of this herb actually destroy the virus. In addition, scientific studies have confirmed that the extract of the hemophilus inhibits the activity of pathogenic bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, pneumococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Saponins, tannins, ellagotanins and glycosides, working together, effectively lower cholesterol. I must say that all these substances are contained in sufficient quantities in the green of the hemorrhage. In addition, beta-sitosterol, which is also able to improve the blood formula, is found in the juice of the herb.
Heals skin diseases
Burns of various origins, rashes, eczema, poorly healing wounds respond well to drugs containing extracts of hemorrhage. By the way, for burns, it is useful to mix with a sesame oil a teaspoon of crushed root powder crushed into powder. The resulting slurry is applied to the affected areas.
Use in herbal medicine
Herbalists use this plant rich in tannins to treat diarrhea, dysentery, ulcerative colitis and other gastrointestinal upsets. Preparations from fresh roots are applied to places of burns. But still, the most famous ability of a hemoptysis is to stop bleeding. For this purpose, a hemoptysis has been used for many centuries in European and Eastern medicine. Phytotherapists ascribe drugs from this herb to women with heavy menstruation. Decoction and juice of the plant are used to heal wounds, treat eczema and hemorrhoids. People’s healers also used hemoptysis to treat tuberculosis. It is useful to rinse the inflamed gums and swollen glands with a decoction of this herb, rinse the eyes affected by conjunctivitis, and also drink this remedy well to remove lamblia from the body.
Herbalists also knew about the ability of a hemophobia to lower body temperature during fevers. Modern phytotherapists, in addition to hemostatic abilities, take into account the astringent effect of the grass. And cosmetologists and dermatologists use it to eliminate skin problems. It is useful to wipe the place of an insect bite with grass juice.
In the ancient records of Chinese doctors, the hemophilus is described as a remedy for gastrointestinal bleeding, periodontal disease, and also enhancing potency.
In eastern practice, this plant was used against plague and female diseases. Herbalists also use a hemoptysis to treat phlebitis and varicose veins.
Who is useful
This plant has many beneficial properties. In particular, if we summarize, then teas, decoctions, infusions and other preparations based on herbs are useful as a hemostatic, analgesic, antipyretic, diuretic. Hemophilus is useful for:
- the presence of blood in the urine (hematuria);
- heavy menstruation (monorrhagia);
- postpartum hemorrhage;
- digestive ulcer;
- some infectious diseases.
Since this herb causes vasoconstriction, it is undesirable to use it for people with hypertension or spasms of the brain. The plant is contraindicated for constipation and during pregnancy.
Even medicinal plants, if consumed in excessively high doses, can be harmful to the body. If we talk about hemophilia, then the daily intake of this herb was calculated in ancient China. Eastern doctors believe that to achieve the desired therapeutic effect, 10-15 g of grass per day is enough. The form in which it is taken depends on the situation, but anything above 15 g can be harmful (of course, we are only talking about taking the grass inside).
The leaves of the young plant are very pleasant to taste - reminiscent of cucumbers. Some catch in the grass the aftertaste of melon and even nuts. But the older the plant becomes, the more its greens are bitter. Arid weather also contributes to a bitter aftertaste.
Oriental culinary experts often add club-shaped inflorescences of the hemorrhage to soups to give them a special taste. In Spain, fresh grass is added to soft drinks and wines for a delicate mint flavor. In many European cuisines, young leaves of the blood-thistle are used for sandwiches, salads, casseroles, as well as for flavoring sauces and vinegars.
The plant goes well with cheese, tomato sauces, eggs, basil and oregano. In some countries, this herb is used in brewing.
How to harvest
In phytotherapy, all parts of the plant are used: leaves, inflorescences, roots. The ground parts are harvested during flowering, when they contain the most beneficial substances. Rhizomes are usually harvested in the fall. It is best to take the roots of an older plant, which is several years old. Depending on the time of collection, the soil, the variety of the hemoptysis, the taste of its root can be acidic or bitter. The roots of the hemorrhagic are strong enough, so getting them with your bare hands will be very problematic. Usually, a shovel is used to collect the roots.
Before drying, the rhizomes must be cleaned of the earth, washed in water, and then spread out for a day or two with a thick layer in the sun. Slightly dried roots are dried in the oven, electric dryer or in the attic. Well-dried roots do not bend, but crumble. A properly prepared plant in a dry place can be stored for up to 5 years.
Decoction of the roots
To prepare a decoction of the dried roots of the hemorrhage, you need 2 tablespoons of raw materials and 500 ml of boiling water. Cook in a water bath for 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature, strain, add another glass of boiling water to the liquid. Take a tablespoon 3-4 times a day. Also suitable for gargling and external use.
Such a decoction loses its healing properties after 48 hours.
Fresh root tincture
Rub the washed and peeled root on a fine grater. For 3 tablespoons of prepared raw materials, take 400 ml of vodka (or 70 percent alcohol). Insist in the dark for 10 days. Take a teaspoon before meals.
How to grow
The hemorrhage has long ceased to be exclusively wild-growing grass. Increasingly, many tend to grow this plant in their plots. And I must say, for the majority this is possible, since the hemophilus does not require special care. Grass can be propagated in two ways: using the root of an old plant and through seeds. The easiest way is to dig out the root of an adult plant, divide it into several parts and plant it in pits at a distance of about half a meter from each other. This procedure can be done in late autumn or spring.
Growing from seeds is longer. To begin with, seedlings will have to be grown from seeds, which in April-May can be planted on a bed. The distance between plants, as in the case of roots, should also be at least 50 cm. Until the plant is strong, it is important to weed it regularly. Another way is to sow the seeds directly on the bed, but in this case it will take a little longer to wait for the grass harvest.
Hemophilus is one of the most famous plants in the world. Although many people know this herb is not at all medicinal. Thanks to the original appearance, the hemophilus is grown as an ornamental plant, besides, breeders have developed interesting varieties of this herb. Agronomists value it as a natural and environmentally friendly means to combat weeds and soil erosion, and farmers see it as a juicy and healthy livestock feed. In a word, a hemophilus is a multifunctional plant, the benefits of which can hardly be overestimated.