Highlander snake

 Grassy bush - Highlander snake
 Highlander snake - Perennial shrub, has many other names that are used by the people. So, it is called:

  • Bistort;
  • Veal tongue;
  • Snake root;
  • Lugovoi mountaineer;
  • Gadyuchya grass;
  • Cervical cancer;
  • Coil.

These names of plants is required to form the peculiarities of his roots. The root of Polygonum snake bent twice, slightly flattened and contains cross-folds. Thus, most root mountaineer snake looks like a snake. The color is dark brown roots, and inside - pink.

Highlander snake belongs to the family Polygonaceae. On the stem of a plant is located some basal leaves, and from one to four leaves on top. Flowers at the mountaineer snake pink, small, gathered in large inflorescences at the apex. Plant height varies from 50 to 100 cm. The fruit Highlander snake - smooth nut dark brown. Blossoms in May - June, and the fruits ripen in July.

Highlander snake grows everywhere (in the meadows, in bushes), likes damp places. He's not only in the Caucasus and in Central Asia.

The composition and useful properties mountaineer snake

The most important and valuable component elements mountaineer snake are the tannins. At the root of the plant tannin (tannin type) is from 15 to 25%. Furthermore, Polygonum snake root contains in its composition such substances:

  • Free polyphenols;
  • Hydroxyanthraquinones;
  • Starch;
  • Protein;
  • Calcium oxalate;
  • Vitamin C;
  • Provitamin A;
  • Coloring agents.

Free polyphenols represented in the plants as gallic acid, and catechin. A starch composition Polygonum snake root is about 26%. Furthermore, radically Polygonum snake contains acid (free and gallic elaidic).

The grass plants also contains ascorbic acid, and flavonoids. Thus, representatives of securities as part of a group of flavonoids mountaineer snake are:

  • Hyperoside;
  • Ruthin;
  • Avikulyarin.

Highlander snake is a powerful source of tannins for the human body, so this plant is successfully used as an astringent for diarrhea and as an anti - inflammation in the nose and throat. Action root mountaineer snake on the human body can be compared to Kalgan and oak bark.

The main properties of products manufactured on the basis of the serpent's root Highlander are:

1. Binder;

2. resorptive soothing;

3. Anti-inflammatory;

4. Hemostatic.

Binding properties of the plant, when taken orally, appear quite slowly during digestion of active substances, with the direct effect of the body's digestive juices. Furthermore, such drugs have a low toxicity and no side effects.

For external use medicines on the basis of this plant can also reduce inflammation, stop the bleeding.

Application mountaineer snake

 Botanical illustration mountaineer snake
 Rhizome coil has long been known as a drug. Thus, in the Chinese encyclopedia of medicines in the XI century BC, it mentioned about the medicinal properties of this plant. And in the Indo-Tibetan medical literature also mentioned the use of the coil as a medicine.

The most valuable medicinal raw materials from the root of Polygonum snake. Moreover, the greatest number of nutrients found in plants after the age of 15 years. For this reason, the root of Polygonum snake preform is produced using raw materials from plants of age 15 - 30 years. By outward appearances, a good rhizome should be firm, be sure serpentine shape top - dark brown, inside - pink. The length of the root mountaineer snake should be between 5 to 10 cm. The thickness of the root of 1 - 2 cm. It tastes bitter and strongly astringent, but the smell of the plant does not produce any.

Harvesting roots mountaineer snake doing a summer after the plant withered or early spring. Rhizomes with roots, spikes, dug, shallow roots and stems trimmed, washed from the land. It should be noted that the workpiece need to get rid of the rotten roots, since they are not useful, and harmful to health. The stock was then washed again, and a little dried in the open air. Now the root is cut into pieces. Then, the root of Polygonum snake must be dried: do it in special kilns at a temperature of not more than 60 degrees, or simply in the attic or other ventilated, warm room. Too rapid or, alternatively, the drying time results in a loss of useful properties root. Thus, unusable is the root with breaks, with blackened portions or buying inside brown. Store the root of Polygonum snake in a dry and ventilated place for up to 6 years.

For treatment at home from the root of Polygonum snake preparing decoctions. This broth is used, primarily in case of problems with the intestine. Thus, this herb helps in the control of acute and chronic bowel diseases, such as acute colitis. In this case, take a decoction of the first part of the horse, and 10 parts water, 1 tablespoon up to five times a day.

An excellent fixing property has mountaineer snake root with the following health problems:

  • Stomach ulcer;
  • Duodenal ulcer;
  • Gallstones;
  • Dysentery;
  • Stones in the bladder;
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage;
  • Hemorrhoids;
  • Fissures of the rectum;
  • Urethra.

In these cases, the broth is prepared from 20 parts of root calculation and 200 parts water. Take also 1 tbsp. l. decoction of 3 - 4 times a day, always before meals.

In addition, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties of the plant are used in diseases such as:

  • Enteritis;
  • Uterine bleeding;
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding;
  • Gum disease;
  • Stomatitis;
  • Gingivitis;
  • Diarrhea (diarrhea), blood.

Use also the root of Polygonum snake in the form of powder. This composition opened disinfect fresh wounds, cuts, boils, ulcers, eczema. Treat the wound can also decoctions and infusions, make lotions and compresses. The root of Polygonum snake helps to quickly stop the bleeding and prevents the development of microbes. A decoction of the plant can be used for irrigation, for example, in the case of vaginitis (vaginitis).

Decoction of the root of Polygonum snake rinse the throat and mouth at all inflammatory diseases.

Contraindications and harm mountaineer snake

Contraindications to the use of the root and other parts of the mountaineer snake is a hypersensitivity of the stomach. This is due to the fact that in this case, a large intake of tannins in the harmful organism, but not good. In addition, it should be remembered that the prolonged use of the root mountaineer snake in the course of treatment can lead to constipation. Therefore, this means you need to be treated with caution, and always under the supervision of a doctor.

Do not use the mountaineer snake to treat young children up to 2 hletnego age.