Traditionally used to stop bleeding in wounds, the horsetail herb is said to be an excellent clotting inducer. The herbal horsetail remedies have been used to staunch all kinds of wounds; it has been used to stops excessive nosebleeds, and also in bringing about a reduction in the coughing up of blood during different diseases. The urinogential system of the human body is also positively affected by the astringent effect of the horsetail herb; this property is especially valuable in those cases of bleeding occurring within the urinary tract of a person - including disease such as cystitis and urethritis in patients. The internal tissue damage in connective tissue is also repaired and corrected by the horsetail herbal remedies, which speeds up the rate of tissue repair, thereby promoting the strength and elasticity in the newly formed tissues. Symptoms caused by rheumatic and arthritic problems are also treated utilizing horsetail based remedies, the horsetail is also used in the treatment of various chest ailments like emphysema, it is used for the treatment of chronic swelling affecting the legs, and also in the treatment of various other conditions affecting people. Slow healing sprains and fractures can also be topically treated using a decoction of the horsetail herb added to bathwater. The horsetail herb has a long lineage and is a descendant of prehistoric plants; these ancient relatives of the herb were tall as trees. The horsetail is also known to be the richest plant source for the mineral silica aside from other useful and beneficial minerals. This makes the plant a very valuable herbal remedy for the treatment and healing of tissues as well as a useful and effective herbal nutritious tonic. The horsetail herb strongly affects the functioning of the urinary system in people, and endows a mild diuretic as well as soothing effect on the affected urinary tissues. It is also capable of healing all manners of irritation and infection affecting the urinary tract in general. Children affected by frequent urges to urinate, by bed wetting behaviors and incontinence for a long time can be treated using the horsetail as the astringent properties of the herb make it a very useful remedy to check such problems. Inflammation in various tissues of the body is frequently treated using the horsetail based remedies and the herb is also used in the treatment of problems like the benign and harmless enlargement of the prostate gland in patients. The herbal remedies made from the horsetail are also useful as general tonics for boosting the performance of the kidneys and the urinary system in people. The reproductive system is also beneficially affected by the horsetail herbal remedies; the herb is very effective at reducing hemorrhage and heavy bleeding in patients affected by such disorders. The horsetail is also effective in treating such disorders which affect the functioning of the digestive tract, it is capable of healing inflammation and ulcers in the stomach, and similar problems affecting the respiratory tract - traditionally the horsetail was the remedy used for treating TB and coughing of blood streaked sputum. Lusterless hair and brittle nails can also be treated using the herbal horsetail remedy, and the herb is also useful for treating debility and anemia in patients. Horsetail has a lot of silica, which actively aids in the rapid absorption of calcium from the food, and this action of the herb so helps guard the body against the danger of osteoporosis and muscular cramps, and for this reason horsetail can greatly help in the prevention of atherosclerosis in patients. Irritated skin and skin conditions like eczema can be topically treated using a herbal horsetail lotion, this can also be used to heal all manners of cuts and wounds, it can be applied to alleviate sores and ulcers, and it can also be applied to areas of skin affected by chilblains and related problems. Horsetail based mouthwash and gargle can also be used for the treatment of problems such as mouth ulcers, it can be used to stanch bleeding gums and in the treatment of sore throats and other oral problems.
The horsetail prefers damp soils for maximum growth and is a very common plant, it is native to much of Europe, to North Africa and can also be seen in parts of northern Asia and the whole of the new world. Harvesting of the horsetail and especially the sterile stems occurs during the summer months and these are carefully dried in preparation for storage, during this process all the discolored parts are thrown away.
The silicic acid and the other chemical silicates make up about fifteen percent to total chemical constituent of horsetail, aside from the other compounds such as flavonoids, the phenolic acids, and the alkaloids - e.g. nicotine, and sterols which are also present in variable amounts. The high silica content of the horsetail is responsible for most of the therapeutic effectiveness ascribed to the horsetail herb. This silica is largely soluble and is absorbed well in the body. Connective tissue regeneration is one of the main functions supported by the silica.
Herbal horsetail tea at doses of one to four grams daily is ideal as a supplemental measure. An alternative is to use an herbal horsetail based tincture at a dose of two to six ml daily.
When given at the recommended adult doses, the horsetail is normally seen as being very safe and useful for treating men and non-pregnant women. The use of the correct species of horsetail should be the chief concern of the person using the herbal remedy. Horsetail species such as the Equisetum palustre contain some toxic alkaloids and are traditionally identified as livestock poison - these should never be used as supplements. All supplement manufacturers in Canada, have to follow the Canadian Health Protection Branch requirement that products are certified as not containing the enzyme thiaminase, which is found in crude horsetail of the Equisetum variety - this enzyme destroys B vitamin thiamin in the body and can cause serious problems. For medicinal use, all raw horsetail has to undergo processing, and the alcohol and temperature regulated processes, as well as the alkalinity neutralizes the potentially harmful enzyme in the herb. During processing, all herbal horsetail tinctures, the various fluid extracts, and the other preparations of the herb are also subjected to 100�C temperatures and this processing is preferred for medicinal use of the herb.
DECOCTION - An herbal decoction made from the horsetail herb is used for the treatment of excessive menstruation in women. The same decoction is also used in the treatment of various skin conditions like acne and eczema in patients. This herbal decoction can be prepared by simmering some horsetail herb a minimum of three hours to extract the main chemical constituents and straining the liquid. Herbal healers often prescribe this decoction for the treatment of problems such as stomach ulcers; they also prescribe this for the treatment of urinary tract inflammations, and for treating various prostate and lung conditions affecting various patients. POULTICE - The horsetail can also be made into an herbal poultice. Use the horsetail powder and form a paste for application on leg ulcers, topical wounds, as well as sores and chilblains of all kinds. MOUTHWASH/GARGLE - The horsetail herbal decoction can also be diluted down with water and used for the effective treatment of mouth as well as gum infections and other throat inflammations in patients. JUICE - An herbal horsetail juice made from liquidized horsetail stems are ideal. A dose of 5 -10 ml of this juice, taken thrice daily, can be good for treatment of urinary disorders in patients. The same juice can be used for the treatment of nosebleeds in people, dip a cotton wool swab in some of this juice and stuff it into a nostril for pain relief. The same herbal horsetail juice is also suggested for the treatment of long term lung damage in patients. CAPSULES - Aside from the juices and the decoctions, another effective way to use horsetail is in the form of powdered horsetail capsules. The same disorders can be treated using these capsules - with the exception of bleeding in the nose.
Heat the previously dried horsetail in a cast-iron frying pan at fairly high heat. Stir vigorously with a thick, wooden spoon (boxwood, olive) until a fine powder is obtained. Preserve in a glass jar. This powder is very useful for stopping bleeding and skin suppurations. Diluted in a little water and taken internally, it soothes heartburn and even digestive hemorrhaging. Combined with flower pollen, it combats tumors.
The ingredients required for preparing the horsetail toner include: