Table of contents:
- What does it look like?
- Where does it grow?
- What chemical elements does it contain?
- What are the health benefits?
- How to collect and store?
- Oksana Valerievna Pankova, herbalist-healer, Lipetsk
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Common lumbago (Pulsatilla vulgaris) is a beautiful spring plant. Popular names: sleep-grass, variegated, buttercup, razlapushik, purr, sannik, etc. The lumbago is under protection and its collection is limited.
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What does it look like?
Perennial herbaceous rhizome plant 25-50 cm high with an erect, densely soft-hairy stem, blooming until the leaves open. Basal leaves appear simultaneously with flowers or after flowering, pinnately dissected. The flowers are large, purple, usually drooping, pubescent, bell-shaped, sitting on curved peduncles. Blooms in April-May.
Where does it grow?
Grows on sands, sandy steppes and pine forests. Distributed in the European part of Russia, Western and Eastern Siberia, in the Far East.
What chemical elements does it contain?
The lumbago leaves contain anemic acid, saponins, essential oil, alkaloids, vitamins, organic acids, tannins and resinous substances, more than 20 trace elements.
What are the health benefits?
Lumbago is a potent anticancer agent and is used to treat cancer of any location. The plant has antibacterial and antibiotic properties, has an abortive effect.
Lumbago is considered a powerful remedy for the treatment of functional diseases of the nervous system: neuralgia, migraine, spasmophilia, insomnia, has hypnotic, antimicrobial and antifungal effects, lowers blood pressure. Alcohol tincture, decoction of roots and herbs are used to treat eczema, fungal skin lesions, bronchitis, asthma, arrhythmia, headache, epilepsy, alcoholism, gout, rheumatism, sexually transmitted diseases, gynecology (endometriosis, endometritis, fibroids, ovarian cysts, short or irregular menstruation, leucorrhoea, etc.).
The herb infusion is used in the treatment of neuroses, depression, stomach and intestinal infections, with varicose veins, for eye lotions. For children, the decoction is used for convulsions or infant spasmophilia.
In China, lumbago decoction is used to treat dysentery, edema of renal and cardiac origin, grass juice with honey is used to treat glaucoma (3 times a day, 1 teaspoon).
The broth is drunk for pulmonary tuberculosis, measles, abdominal disruption, toothache, and is also given to women during difficult childbirth (as an analgesic and relieves contractions):
- Pour 1 teaspoon of herbs with 1 glass of boiling water, drink a spoonful after 2-3 hours. Outwardly, lumbago is used in the form of lotions for cuts, tumors, for cleansing and healing purulent wounds, for articular rheumatic pains, for rubbing numb parts of the body.
- Root tincture: finely chop 1 part of the root, 10 parts of 40% alcohol, leave for 7-10 days, drink 20 drops 3 times a day in 50 ml of water before meals for 30-60 minutes. The course of treatment is up to six months.
With tumors, paralysis, rheumatism, numbness of body parts, rub the sore spots with this tincture.
- The juice from the root is used to remove warts, baths from the herb - for eczema, scabies, rheumatism.
- Water infusion: 1-2 tbsp. tablespoons of herbs pour 1 cup boiling water, leave for 2 hours, strain, take 1 tbsp. spoon 4 times a day.
How to collect and store?
Collect the grass lumbago during flowering and dry, spread it in a thin layer, under a canopy, on paper or fabric. In bad weather, raw materials are dried in a well-ventilated area. The finished raw materials are used no earlier than 3-5 months after collection.
The use of infusion inside is contraindicated in inflammatory diseases of the liver and kidneys, the gastrointestinal tract. It must be remembered that lumbago, like many buttercups, is a poisonous plant and an overdose of its preparations is dangerous.