- The herb St. John's wort and its use in medicine
Application of grass St. John's wort
Now, many people have turned to the experience of traditional medicine. In some cases, it is good if instead of chemical used natural medicine. But medicine has leaped forward, and many drugs are unique in nature. Therefore, in order to be treated by means of traditional medicine, has yet to consult with your doctor.
Biologically active substances in plants
Biologically active substances - a compound that have different effects on the body: stimulating, preventive, curative and even toxic. The nature of the action depends on the chemical structure of the substance, dose and method of its application. In plants, many different forms of compounds belonging to the active substances, one of them usually predominates and gives the basic properties of the plant. The active substances of plants often come together in complex reactions.
St. John's wort
St. John's wort is a perennial 20-50 cm tall with straight branched stems, small oblong leaves located on the stalk each other. At the end of the branches are golden-yellow flowers mnogotychinochnye.
St. John's wort grows in meadows, choosing more or less moist places of the hills in the woods, blooms from June to September. For medical purposes use the grass, which is collected in a period of mass flowering. Drying of raw materials produced in the open air (for example, under a canopy).
The chemical composition of herb St. John's wort
- The herb St. John's wort contains flavones, anthocyanins, essential oil
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, Tannins, organic acids, mineral salts, resinous substance. Flavones and anthocyanins are flavonoids - compounds dissolved in the cell sap. Flavones - a yellow pigment cell sap flowers, anthocyanins - flowers and fruits. Both of these groups of compounds have similar properties and relaxing effect, diuretic, disinfecting, reduces the permeability of blood vessels, the accumulation of vitamin C in the body.
- Essential oils - is a complicated fly (with a strong smell) a mixture of hydrocarbons, one of which gives them a characteristic odor. Herb St. John's wort essential oil has wound-healing properties.
- Tannins - are organic substances of different structures, which give plants a tart taste and have anti-inflammatory, astringent effect. In addition, the tannins are able to inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses.
- Organic acids are actively involved in the metabolism
Metabolism: The basis of life of all living things
Increase the secretion of saliva, bile and gastric juice.
- Resins - complex chemical substances not soluble in water, having different odors. Enjoy the healing and antimicrobial properties.
Action herb St. John's wort on the human body
St. John's - one of the most popular herbs. It has a tonic, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and astringent. St. John's wort regulates metabolism
Improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting
, Stimulates digestion, has choleretic, antispasmodic (relaxes smooth muscles of internal organs and blood vessels) and soothing effect.
The herb St. John's wort is used to treat general weakness after severe diseases, certain neurological diseases - neuroses, headaches, insomnia.
St. John's Wort is prescribed for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), gastric ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the bowel (small and large), hemorrhoids, diseases of the liver and gallbladder.
St. John's wort, and is used in diseases of the urinary organs: as the anti-inflammatory and diuretic with inflammatory diseases of the kidney and urinary tract, prostate and female genital mutilation.
Hypericum has good effect in the treatment of joint diseases. St. John's wort is used topically for wounds, including suppurative, exudative diathesis
Diathesis in children - an integrated approach
children, gargle for colds.
Contraindications to the use of grass St. John's wort
Application of grass St. John's wort has a low toxicity properties, so it can not be taken for a long time, in such cases may occur discomfort in the liver and bitterness in the mouth.
St. John's wort is contraindicated in hypertension, as several increases blood pressure. After the adoption of high doses of St. John's wort is not recommended to stay in the sun - rise in blood pressure can cause a stroke. It is also believed that St. John's wort adversely affects the optic nerve.
How to make St. John's wort
Hypericum may be formulated into the following forms:
- infusion: 1 tablespoon. spoon herbs pour 1, 5 cups of boiling water, insist 20 minutes, strain and drink 1/3 cup 3 times a day za30 minutes before meals;
- tincture: preparing vodka at the rate of 15 grams of herbs in a glass of vodka, insist 10 days, drink 30 drops of 50 ml of water 3 times a day;
- oils from herbs St. John's wort: 1 tbsp. spoon grass in 400 ml of vegetable oil, bring to a boil, boil for 10-15 minutes, strain and store in refrigerator.
For its versatile healing properties of St. John's wort in the nation once considered a magical plant - so it remains to this day.