HORSETAIL – GOOD ANTISEPTIC
INTERNAL: antacid –good, antimicrobial -medium-low (acts especially on haemolytic streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus, infra-bacteria – Chlamydia trachomatis, ureaplasma utricholiticum, urinary antiseptic -low, cleansing, diuretic -strong, expectorant -medium-low, hemostatic -strong, remineralizer- strong.
EXTERNAL: ocular anti-inflammatory -medium-low, anti-itchy –low, anti-tumor (mechanism of action has not been elucidated yet), healing -good, stimulates local immunity.
INTERNAL – gastric ulcer, heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, epistaxis (nose blood flow), general internal bleeding (helpful), posthaemorrhagic anemia – 6 tsp of powder per day on an empty stomach. This intensive treatment should not be carrried more than 5-7 days. After this time, pass to 3-4 administration per day. – tuberculosis, fractures (to speed the healing process), dental caries (prevention and to slow the process), convalescence – powder, 20 days treatment with 10 days break for 6 months. – as adjuvant with hemolytic streptococcal infections, staphylococcus aureus, infra-bacteria (Chlamydia in particular) resistant to antibiotic treatment – powder – nephritis, cystitis, urine retention – combined decoction.
For stop the bleeding it combines well with yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and juniper against infections (Juniperus communis) . – cancer (adjuvant), skin diseases (contact dermatitis, infectious eczema resistant to treatment, acne, rosacea acne), gout and rheumatism, erythematosus flare (adjuvant) – combined decoction 3 cups per day. Long cures of 5-6 months. – cardio-renal edema, hypertension – powder administration, sublingual. – gastric ulcer and hyper acid gastric – powder (antacid effect), possibly associated with chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), linden (Tilia sp) or other soothing plants.
EXTERNAL – cancerous injuries, wounds or burns with risk of malignancy, bone tuberculosis, pruritus (strong itching) – compresses or horsetail poultice – bleeding hemorrhoids, varicose ulcers, ulcers of the skin caused by fungal infections (fungus) – gentle wash with a cotton swab (oiling) or super-concentrated decoction combined compress. In cases of hemorrhoids that are not bleeding can make sitz baths with concentrated herbal soak, the effects being very fast. – severe epistaxis (nose bleed) – for external use add a teaspoon of salt in a glass of decoct. Aspire with the nose as follow: put the warm decoction in the right palm, stopper the left nostril and aspire gradually this decoction, then do likewise with the opposite nostril. Attention, this procedure is performed only in the bent position (above the sink) so that the water does not get sucked into lungs and result in coughing.
Obviously, this method is not used in moments of nosebleeds, but after their termination or preventively. In severe cases, simultaneously administer the plant powder internal. – bad smell feet – sole baths decoction with horsetail combined with sage (Salvia officinalis). – eye inflammation, blepharitis, conjunctivitis – decoction combined compresses on the eyelids. Apply the compresses 2-3 times per day. – stretch marks – horsetail ointment or decoction combined compress – superconcentrates (the decoction will last only 3 minutes) – cystitis – warm sitz baths. These application are performed during acute periods and are taken in parallel with the internal treatment.
PREPARATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The powder – the plant is fine grounded with the electric coffee grinder and is sifted through a sieve for white flour. Take, usually, a teaspoon 4 times per day on an empty stomach. The powder is kept under the tongue for 10-15 minutes, then is swallowed with water. The powder can not be kept longer than 10 days because it alters its properties.
Combined decoction (recipe for 250 ml.) – 1-2 teaspoons of horsetail powder, allow to soak in half a cup of water over night, when it is filtered; Keep the macerated, and boil the remaining powder in half a cup of water for 1-2 minutes, then allow it to cool off; combine the two extracts; drink this preparation with a quarter of an hour before the meal. Dose – 3 cups per day. Super-concentrated combined decoction – is prepared just as that for internal use except that it will be more concentrated: 2-3 teaspoons of herb instead of 1-2 teaspoons, and the boiling time during the the second phase of preparation will be 20 minutes on low heat.
Cataplasm – the plant is fine grounded with the electric coffee grinder, then mixed in a bowl with warm water until a paste is formed, is placed in a gauze and is applied on the affected area.