|Botanical Nomenclature||Equisetum arvense|
|Common Name||Field Horsetail|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Equisetum arvense is a perennial herbaceous plant growing from 10 to 30cm, with needle, green leaves and thin branches in pale green colour with black marks on the top. The plant hasn't got any flowers. The fertile shoots grow in spring and the harvesting takes place in summer.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Dried stems|
|Active Substances||Silicic acid, saponins (equisetonine), flavones, organic acids, nicotine, glycosides (isoquercetin, luteolin, kaempherol), potassium, silicon|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant has diuretic, hemostatic, healing and astringent properties. It is administered as salt source (silicon) for the treatment of tuberculosis and to improve the absorption of calcium. In homeopathy, it is used in the form of tincture against cystitis and anuria. In folk medicine it is recommended in the form of infusion by gargling for the treatment of various oral diseases (astringent), as well as hemostatic against nose and internal bleeding|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as astringent and diuretic in the form of herbal tea (2 spoons of dried herb in a cup of boiled water, 3 times a day) and tincture mainly in homeopathy (2-4mL, three times a day).
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||Plant's consumption may cause mild gastrointestinal disturbances and allergic reactions. No side effects are reported.|
|References||1)http://www.reherb.eu/el/content/equisetum-arvense 2)Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδες 117-118 3)Oral Allergy Syndrome to Chicory Associated with Birch Pollen Allergy, P. Cadot, A.-M. Kochuyt, R. van Ree, J.L. Ceuppens, Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2003;131:19-24 (DOI: 10.1159/000070430) 4)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12759485 5)http://www.ftiaxno.gr/2008/11/equisetum-arvense.html 6)http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/horsetail|