Rich in silica, field horsetail (Equisetum arvense) contains 5 to 8% of silicon which stimulates the production of collagen. “While the human body houses little of it, barely 7 g! », Notes Dr Éric Lorrain, general practitioner and phytotherapist. It also contains calcium, potassium, iron … or antioxidant flavonoids as well as diuretic and anti-inflammatory active ingredients. “Which makes it a major plant in our preparations,” he observes.
Horsetail powder helps to heal the skin
“It is a plant that helps the skin to heal better,” says Dr. Lorrain. It is invaluable when healing can take a long time, in particular on wounds with venous disorders. »Thetraditional use of horsetail for superficial wounds is also recognized by the European Medicines Agency. However, all tissues benefit from it: the bronchi of people with respiratory failure, the arteries of hypertensive people, the microvessels of people with diabetes, etc. Silicon defect is a marker of vascular risk.
Directions for use: reduced to powder and sprinkled on raw vegetables or soup, it is easily absorbed over a long period, a knife point equivalent to a 300 mg capsule. Dr Lorrain advises it in association with other plants: ginkgo, antioxidant and cerebral protector; red vine or witch hazel for venous problems.
Field horsetail heals sprains
Sprains, especially of the ankle, are a great indication for horsetail. Hemostatic, anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous, it facilitates resorption of the hematoma. “It allows, thanks to silica, faster repair of stretched ligaments, or even ruptured”, explains the doctor. It relieves chronic tendonitis.
Instructions for use: “Horsetail is always used on a sprain associated with a restraint. The first three days, I recommend it in high doses, in the form of a fresh plant extract. For example, 10 ml three times a day of EPS Phytoprevent; then 10 ml morning and evening for 10 days and finally, during a period of consolidation, 5 ml morning and evening for 15 days ”, he suggests. Ladrôme or Vogel laboratories also produce extracts of fresh horsetail.
The recipe for a horsetail decoction : throw 40 g of dried horsetail in 1 l of water, cold soaked for 3 hours. Heat 20 min at a low simmer before infusing 10 min. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day until improvement.
Horsetail strengthens the bones in case of fracture, osteoarthritis …
Remineralizing, horsetail helps consolidate fragile bones, during immobilization after a fracture, a growth problem, osteoarthritis or osteoporosispink. Because the plant promotes calcium binding to bone, protects cartilage and reduces inflammation. By modulating (slightly) immunity, it is a booster for inflammatory rheumatic diseases.
Instructions for use: as a fresh plant extract or dry extract, at a rate of 4 capsules per day (200 mg each). In disease-modifying osteoarthritis, it goes well with nettle or bamboo. “With regard to osteoporosis after menopause, its mineralizing effects can be coupled with the estrogenic properties of alfalfa,” says Dr. Lorrain. But, in the event of a history of breast cancer, the aerial parts of stinging nettle are preferred to alfalfa. ”
The recipe: 1 to 2 tbsp. to c. of powder in 1 yogurt or 1 compote. To be taken every morning.
Contraindications of field horsetail
As it is a growth plant, horsetail is contraindicated if one suffers from cancer. It is also not recommended in cases of severe heart or kidney failure, and as a precaution, in pregnant or breastfeeding women and in children under 12 years of age.
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