Horsetail contains a high mineral level as well including potassium, selenium and manganese. The saponins and flavonoids it contains help the skin regenerate, improving elasticity of skin and hair, promoting hair growth. Since bone, hair and fingernails require high mineral levels, horsetail can be taken as a tea, tincture or applied topically as shampoo, conditioner, soak or healing balm. As a healing balm, it is used for pattern balding. Horsetail's brittle, jointed stems are rich in healing silica, and since the time of the Ancient Greeks, horsetail has been used for wounds.
This plant has been studied rather extensively, and is said to contain: silica, alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, a bitter principle, minerals (including potassium, magnesium, and manganese), phytosterols, and tannins.
Horsetail is a well known herb; it is a perennial herb growing in moist loamy or sandy soil found in much of the North American continent, as well as in similar climates in Europe and Asia. The morphology of the horsetail herb is very strange and the plant has a creeping, or string like rootstock which gives it its name. The roots at the nodes are turned into numerous hollow stems of two kinds. Horsetail begins growth in two stages, initial growth of the plant is through a fertile and flesh colored stem, this stem can grow to a height of four to seven inches and comes out a cone like spike - this spike contains spores of the plant
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Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is an herbal remedy dating back to at least ancient Roman and Greek medicine. It was used traditionally to stop bleeding, heal ulcers and wounds, and treat tuberculosis and kidney problems. The name Equisetum is derived from the Latin roots equus, meaning "horse," and seta, meaning "bristle." Horsetail contains silicon, which plays a role in strengthening bone. For that reason, it is sometimes used by some with osteoporosis. It is also used as a diuretic, and as an ingredient in come cosmetics. However, very few studies have looked at horsetail's effect in humans.
Very few studies have been done of horsetail's effect in humans. Horsetail has traditionally been used as a diuretic (helps rid the body of excess fluid by increasing urine output). Horsetail has been used by people with osteoporosis (thinning bone), because it contains silicon, a mineral needed for bone health.
300 mg, 3 times daily
Tincture (1:5): 1 - 4 mL, 3 times daily
External (compresses): 10 g of herb per 1 liter water daily
Be sure to drink enough fluids when taking horsetail preparations by mouth.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a qualified health care provider trained in the field of botanical medicine.
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