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What in jargon is called Bistorta, has a botanical name that corresponds to Polygonum bistorta and is a perennial herbaceous plant, no higher than 50 centimeters. It belongs to the Polygonaceae family and produces warm pink flowers, very delicate and pretty. The plant has an underground stem or the rhizome that is renewed every year with new roots. The characteristic of the flowers is that they grow in spike and the leaves of the plant are heart-shaped. The plant is found in the mountainous areas where it prefers damp and grassy soils but it can also be found in marshy lands especially in southern Europe in Asia and in North America.
Active principles and properties of Bistorta
Inside the bistorta, there are very important elements including tannin but also gallic acid, mineral salts, rubber, starch and mucilage. The tannin of this plant, however, is different from that found in other plants because it is formed by two basic elements, namely one that is found only in the Tormentilla plant and another that is found in the Ratania plant. The plant has many virtues and is used to cure multiple diseases. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-hermetic, anti-secretory, anti-pyretic, astringent and tonic properties. The use of bistorta is highly recommended for those women who are subject to spontaneous abortions because the plant has therapeutic properties capable of stopping uterine bleeding and welding internal wounds. It is also used for urinary incontinence. For countless years the historia it is also used to treat epistaxis in children who often lose blood from the nose but is also an excellent antipyretic especially for those high fevers that do not tend to fall or those intermittent feverish. The plant associated with other roots calms vomiting and treats dysentery, leucorrhoea and toothache. It helps the sperm in young men, soothes the pain due to anal fissures and soothes the sore throat. It is very useful, even for the treatment of diabetes because it seems to favor the elimination of blood sugar.
How to use the bistorta
The cooking of the roots of the plant greatly reduces its beneficial effects and then the rhizome powder must be swallowed directly in special capsules. The infusions prepared with the bistorta, are not made in the traditional way but to obtain an infusion in a workmanlike manner, the roots must be in contact with warm water, for a few hours so that they bring the necessary benefits to the care of a specific disease . The leaves of the plant, on the other hand, must only be used cooked. The plant has a very high astringent power and then it is used for those hemorrhages caused by phthisis, hemorrhoids and body injuries in general. The astringent action in symbiosis with the anti-inflammatory action, is used today, in intestinal disorders such as diarrhea and in small hemorrhages of the oral cavity for example after the extraction of a tooth. The powder of bistorta must be used in the amount of one gram to be taken three times a day while to prepare an infusion, it takes 3 grams of powder, mixed with 100 grams of boiled and warmed water keeping in mind that you can not drink more than three cups per day of herbal tea. As far as external use is concerned, infusion packs prepared with the rhizome, on hemorrhoids, anal fissures and even to gargle to treat gum infections are very useful. In the latter case, it is advisable to prepare an infusion with 6 grams of bistta in 100 grams of warm water. With this solution, rinses and gargles must be carried out. If it hurts a molar, the best solution is to prepare sterile gauze soaked infusion tablets and apply them to the painful area. The astringent and soothing baths are used very much by those suffering from stress or various body pains. The powder of rhizome is placed in a small sack of cloth and left in the tub prepared with warm water. Dive into the tub and soak for at least 20 minutes. The beneficial effects are insured. If you have greasy and oily hair, it would be good to rub the scalp with part of the infusion prepared with the rhizome of the bistorta. The fat is eliminated and the hair bulbs blocked by excess sebum are released especially if the friction of the scalp occurs constantly.
How to make homemade preparations in a homely manner
When you have a sore throat, it is very useful a decoction of bistorta that is prepared by boiling 6 grams of roots in 100 grams of water for ten minutes. The decoction is drunk warm, after having appropriately filtered it and possibly sweetened with raw honey.
The mother tincture of bistorta, is available in herbal medicine but we can try to prepare it with a home-made method using however much foresight. The dye is obtained by extracting the medicinal properties of the roots or leaves of a plant, through maceration in denatured alcohol. Maceration is placed in a solvent to facilitate and speed up the entire operation. In this case it is a solvent that is a hydroalcoholic solution formed by distilled water and ethyl alcohol of an alcohol content ranging between 25 and 65 degrees. The roots must be dried and finely chopped. Your trusted herbalist will give you the exact dose to make the dye. The dye should be used in the amount of 10 drops to put on the wounds to heal them quickly.