Spicy and medicinal herbs

Cat's foot - a plant in the recipes of traditional healers

This perennial medicinal plant since ancient times is used in folk medicine and helps with many diseases. The list of diseases for the treatment of which this herb is used is very long. It is said that this plant can heal a hundred diseases. Unfortunately, it is not yet used in official medicine, as it is not yet sufficiently studied.

The cat's paw dvudomnaya is a species of herbaceous plants from the family of the Compositae. This is a perennial plant, the maximum height of which can reach thirty centimeters in height. It looks modestly and gracefully. It has numerous thin and branched roots in all directions. Antennaria has spatulate leaves up to four centimeters long and up to ten millimeters wide, narrowed into a long petiole. Basically, all the leaves of the plant are collected in basal rosettes.

The flowers of antennaria, like all hard-flowered plants, are small and gathered in inflorescences-baskets of spherical shape with a diameter of five to six millimeters, which are clustered on the tops of the stems, forming complex inflorescences. Antenaria flowers can have a white, pink, lilac and even red tint.

Also, this plant is called antennaria. This Latin name of the cat's paws is formed from the word antenna - tentacle, antenna.

This plant has many popular names, for example, the immortelle is a pottery, Kamchuk, zolotushnik.

It can be found in the territories of the CaucasusUrals, Siberia, Ukraine, as well as in some territories of Europe, Asia and North America and in the north of Japan.

This grass is very light-requiring. Most often it grows on sandy soils. Antennary can be found in pine forests, steppes, meadows and glades.

Cat's paws have this name, because its flowers are divided into male and female and grow in baskets of different plants. Men's baskets have a spherical appearance, the leaves of their wrappers are white. Women's baskets have an elongated shape, the leaves of their wrappers are pink. The flowers of this plant are combined in a basket and most often have a pink or white color.

Antennaria appears in April, blooms in June and July, most often in August the plant brings fruit. The fruits have the appearance of elongated smooth small achenes no longer than one millimeter with a tuft of jagged hairs, and ripen in July and August. Reproduction of this grass occurs seed and vegetatively.

Soft velvety inflorescences are grouped in such a way that they resemble a cat's paw, which is a distinctive feature of antennaria. Such a cover of stems and leaves protects the plant from excessive evaporation of moisture, so this grass is not afraid of drought and is very heat resistant. Also antennaria is not afraid of frost and is highly frost resistant.

What can be treated?

Antenaria plant is not yet used in official medicine, however, science does not deny that this plant has many medicinal properties.

Therapeutic properties have all parts of the plant that are located above the ground.

Based on it, there are many recipes that have been successfully helping for many years.

The structure of Athenaria includes phytosterol, tannins, resins, saponins, alkaloids. This herb has strong hemostatic and wound-healing properties, having a beneficial effect on the circulatory system. It contains vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting. This property of antennaria is used to stop uterine bleeding, intestinal bleeding, hemorrhoidal and nasal bleeding. Also antenaria is used for hemoptysis and bloody diarrhea.

This herb is used as a strong choleretic agent for hepatitis, jaundice, and cholecystitis. Also, this herb is used to treat pertussis, tuberculosis, hypertension, convulsions, to treat hernias, as a sedative, and also has the ability to reduce cancerous tumors. Another antenna used for the treatment of eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. This herb helps to lower blood pressure, helps to remove sputum from the bronchi in case of bronchitis, is used for colds as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Used in the postpartum period to reduce bloody discharge and heavy menstruation.

The lotions from antennaria facilitate the condition of hemorrhoids, as well as help to reduce the hemorrhoid lump.

In order to improve vision in glaucoma and cataracts, you need to make small tissue bags, put cat's foot flowers in them, soak them in boiling water and apply to your eyes in a warm form before going to bed.

A decoction of this herb is used in the form of trays in the treatment of children's diathesis and eczema. Also, a decoction of this herb to wash with jaundice.

Another decoction of it is used for rinsing in the treatment of angina and inflammation of the gums.

External use antennaria for the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema, diathesis, tuberculosis of the skin, boils. Antenaria powder is used to treat wounds.that promotes disinfection and quick healing.

Healing properties of athenaria

  • Hemostatic
  • Wound healing
  • Diuretic
  • Choleretic
  • Antitussive
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Vasodilator
  • Antispasmodic
  • Soothing
  • Antitumor
  • Pain reliever

The antennarium contains:

  • Vitamins K, A, C
  • Octacosan
  • Phytosterol
  • Alkaloids
  • Essential oils
  • Salonin
  • Resins
  • Tannins

Contraindications

This herb should be used with caution in people prone to allergic reactions. Also, do not use it for women during pregnancy and lactation. You can not use this herb to treat young children. Still it is not necessary to apply this plant to people suffering from thrombophlebitis.

When and how to collect grass cat legs

For therapeutic purposes, all aboveground parts of antennaria are used. It is necessary to harvest this grass strictly during its flowering period in order to get the maximum benefit. This plant blooms in June and July. At the end of July and in August this herb produces fruits, during this period it is no longer suitable for harvesting and treatment. Dried grass in the shade in well ventilated areas or outdoors should not be allowed to dry out. Overdrying leads to scattering of the plant baskets, which is very undesirable. Store the dried plant in boxes with paper or in paper bags. Shelf life is one year.

Ornamental Gardening

Grass antennaria is often used in ornamental gardening. This grass is planted in heather and stony gardens, used to fill the gaps between the stones, to decorate the Alpine hills and rockeries, to create borders and support walls. This grass looks quite attractive between the stones, it spreads like a very beautiful one-piece silver carpet. The antenna has a variety of varieties and species. It is also used for making winter bouquets. Any varieties and types of this herb, including garden, do not require any special care. This herb tolerates heat, drought and frost. In order for antennaria to grow well, it only needs an open, sunny place.

This grass has the fame of one of the most unpretentious ornamental plants in the garden. The antenna does not like damp and shade, this grass needs only open sunny areas. Antennaria grows well in sandstones, and fertile soil does not suit it at all.

Herb antennaria has a large number of beneficial properties that can cure many diseases. This herb is used both externally in the form of lotions, and inwards in the form of infusions. It is also used in gardening to decorate landscapes. Antenna completely unpretentious and very hardy.

Harvesting and storage

For medicinal purposes, the stem, shoots and foliage are used - Herba Antennuriae dioicae and inflorescences - Flores Antennariae dioicae.

Useful properties of herbs are indisputable, but for the most effective action on the body, high-quality raw materials, properly assembled and stored, are necessary.

Harvesting should be carried out in environmentally clean places, away from industrial areas and roads. The collection of the aerial parts, such as leaves, stems, and inflorescences, made before the basket opens, can be used for up to 3 years. If the plant is harvested during the entire flowering period, then its shelf life is a year.

Often, only inflorescences are used in recipes, so it makes sense to collect and dry them separately from other parts, connecting them, if necessary, during use.

Drying herbs is recommended in a well-ventilated area. The best option - in the open air, under a canopy. It is important not to overdry the baskets before spilling them and not to subject the raw materials to thermal processing. This is necessary to maximize the beneficial qualities of the cat's paw.

Store in fabric bags or boxes, paving the bottom of the paper. Room temperature, humidity is not welcome.

Tannins, their effect on the body:

  • astringent and astringent, they thicken the mucous membranes - the blood flow decreases, even to close some capillaries. As a result, inflammatory and infectious processes and bleeding are reduced,
  • slow down the gastrointestinal tract, relieve painful mucus production, reduce inflammation in the intestinal mucosa and stomach, which allows them to be used for disorders,
  • neutralize and remove heavy metals and their salts.

Accelerate metabolic processes in the body, being catalysts of chemical reactions (it is believed that the body gets used to saponins, therefore, the optimal period for taking a medicinal plant is from 2 weeks to a month). Action saponins:

  • expectorant
  • choleretic
  • diuretic,
  • regulation of metabolic disorders.

  • bactericidal and antifungal function,
  • immunity strengthening.
  • affects the properties and composition of blood, improves clotting,
  • participates in the production of bile in the liver,
  • helps to strengthen bone and connective tissues
  • regulates blood sugar levels.

Cat's Paw Properties

Cat's paw, a plant found in various parts of Russia, has long attracted attention. Folk healers used its following properties:

  • soothing
  • expectorant:
  • hemostatic,
  • antispasmodic,
  • choleretic
  • diuretic,
  • antitussive,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • wound healing.

Infusions, decoctions and powders are used in traditional medicine for the following diseases and problems:

  • various bleedings
  • hemorrhoids,
  • whooping cough,
  • hemoptysis,
  • copious menstruation,
  • gum disease
  • periodontal disease
  • sore throat, sore throat,
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as diarrhea, intestinal pain,
  • gastritis,
  • cholecystitis,
  • hepatic colic,
  • stomach ulcer,
  • duodenal ulcer,
  • atherosclerosis,
  • hypertension,
  • obesity,
  • vaginitis
  • endometriosis,
  • gonorrhea,
  • boils, boils,
  • diathesis,
  • allergic dermatitis,
  • nervous disorders.

General recommendations for the preparation of infusions and decoctions

There are basic rules for the use of herbs in herbal medicine. To maximize the therapeutic effect of herbs in solutions - infusions, decoctions, it is necessary to preserve as much as possible of active substances that go into the liquid.

The dry plant is crushed, optimally in pieces of about 0.5 cm in size. The temperature affecting the herbal harvest should be necessary and sufficient for the nutrients to pass from it to the liquid as much as possible, while at the same time losing their properties. In the case of direct long-term boiling, the components we need will pass into the solution, but some of them will be completely destroyed. The usual ratio of the amount of grass to the amount of water is 1/10, unless otherwise indicated in the recipe.

Typically, the infusion is prepared in a water bath - up to 15 minutes, cooled to room temperature - up to an hour, then filtered. The residue is pressed.

The broth is on low heat (in a water bath) - up to 30 minutes, cooled 15 minutes, filtered.

When insisting our herbal tea in a thermos, filling with water at 100 ° C will increase the percentage of useful substances, as in the case of heating in a water bath, and we do not lose in volume.

If the solution turns out to be concentrated, it can be used for external use. Or bring to the original volume, adding water. When ingestion is often diluted with water, in addition, by prescription

Usually, it is recommended to prepare a decoction from coarse raw materials (roots, bark, dense stems), and to prepare an infusion from more tender parts of a plant.

Cooked herbal remedies (infusions, decoctions) is better to use during the day, up to a maximum of 3. Store in a cool dark place in a glass container.

The tincture is prepared using alcohol-containing liquids, infused, agitated, the period of infusion - according to the recipe.

In the manufacture of infusions and decoctions of plants it is necessary to take into account that the amount of tannins decreases when insisting. Thus, it is advisable to strain the resulting solution immediately after removal from heat, which should increase its effectiveness in some cases.

Recipes from cat's feet

The influence of the cat's paw on the human body is confirmed by the long history of herbal medicine as a science. Due to its nature, all plants are medicinal to one degree or another. Based on their chemical composition, many drugs have been created.

Moreover, their use should not be thoughtless. It is important to adhere to the recipes of preparation and use. The first method is better to make a trial, reducing the dose at least twice. Observe the reactions of your body. thereby protecting yourself from possible allergies.

Cat's foot in the form of infusions and decoctions used:

  1. For oral administration: whooping cough, hemoptysis, diarrhea, gastritis, ulcers, atherosclerosis, hypertension, obesity, cholecystitis, with pulmonary and gastric bleeding.
  2. For external use - wiping, lotions, compresses are used for burns, frostbite, boils, boils, diathesis, allergic dermatitis.
  3. To rinse: inflammation of the gums, periodontal disease, sore throat, sore throat.
  4. For douching: gonorrhea, vaginitis.
  5. With some bleeding - nasal, uterine, intestinal, with heavy menstruation, it is possible both internal and local use.

The cat's foot is good for injuring the skin. Burns, wounds and other damaged areas of the skin are sprinkled with powder up to several times a day until cured.

Cotton swab dipped in broth will help with bleeding from the nose.

Tincture with vodka

1 tbsp. spoon of grass infused with 100 grams of vodka for a week in a dark, cool place, shake occasionally. For use externally 1 tbsp. a spoonful of the resulting tincture is dissolved in a glass of water. Used when necessary for skin diseases.

For oral administration - 15 drops per 150 g of water. Take 3 times a day.

In medicine

The cat's paw is not a pharmacopoeial plant, it is not listed in the Register of Medicinal Products of the Russian Federation and is not used in official medicine. However, scientists do not deny the healing properties of the cat's paw. It has a hemostatic, choleretic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect and is widely used in traditional medicine.

Contraindications and side effects

There are no contraindications for the cat's paws, but if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or are going to treat the child with this grass, you should definitely consult with your doctor beforehand. With extreme caution and also only after consultation with experts should the grass of the cat's paw be taken to patients with thrombophlebitis.

In gardening

Gardeners use the cat's foot to decorate alpine hills and borders as a ground cover, whose dense silvery thickets not only maintain the decorativeness of the grass stand, but are also resistant to trampling. It is worth saying that the plant grows well on poor soils, in dry, sunny places, but on fertile soil it grows, becomes non-compact, and from that less beautiful. As a result of the selection, the variety Tomentoza was obtained, featuring low growth and velvety, white leaves, an even lower-growing variety Minima and Rubra variety decorated with purple-red flowers.

Classification

The cat's paw is dioecious (Antennaria dioica) - one of the 45 species of herbaceous plants belonging to the genus Cat's paw (Antennaria) from the family Asteraceae (Asteraceae), they are also Compositae. Along with dioecious, the Caucasian Cat's Paw (Antennaria caucasica) and the Cat's Alpine Paw (Antennaria alpina) have found wide distribution.

Botanical description

Perennial ground rosette herb, cat's foot dioecious, has a thin, horizontal, woody rhizome with thin roots. Straight, simple, white-flowered, flower-bearing stalks of the cat's paws of dioecious reach a height of 30 cm and are more often solitary, but sometimes the plant also grows several stalks. Numerous, open shoots of the cat's paws form mats-sods, on their tops are twisted rosettes of leaves. Прикорневые тупые, лопатчатые листья растения голые и зеленые сверху, а с нижней стороны беловойлочные, достигают в длину 50 мм, а в ширину – 10 мм, к основанию постепенно сужаются в черешок. Стеблевых листьев у растения бывает от 5 до 10.They are white-tomentose on both sides, sessile, pressed to the stem, oblong-lanceolate or linear, with a pointed tip.

The baskets in the cat's paws are from 3 to 15, they are located on short white-pubescent peduncles and reach 6 mm in width. Baskets are collected in umbellate inflorescences. The leaflets of the flowers are different: women’s are pink, men’s are white, in the lower half all baskets are light green, webbed at the top, the outermost at the base weakly fenced, tiled, multi-row. Small pistillate flowers are also pinkish or whitish, about 5 mm in length with a thin tubular corolla. The formula of the cat's paw flower is dioecious - * P5 + 5L5T∞P∞. Fruits - dried achenes with a tuft.

Spread

The cat's paw is dioecious in the moderately continental, moderately humid and subarctic zones of Asia, Europe and North America. In Russia, the plant can be found throughout the European part, in Siberia and the Far East, as well as in the Caucasus. The cat's foot is undemanding to soils and can grow on sand, but at the same time the plant is light-requiring and does not tolerate shaded places, it can be found on dry meadows, among the heather on the edges and glades of light coniferous forests, as well as on scree.

Preparation of raw materials

Medicinal raw materials in the cat's paws dioecious are grass, in pharmaceutical practice known as Herba Antennuriae dioicae and flower baskets - Flores Antennariae dioicae. They are collected during the flowering period, which falls on the cat's paw for the period from May to June. It is very important to cut the baskets before they are fully dissolved, but they must be fully formed. The baskets are collected too early, too small, and unsuitable for use as well as those that are collected too late - the flowers fall off. Cut grass and baskets are dried in the shade, in the open air, or in well ventilated, dry and warm rooms.

Pharmacological properties

The therapeutic effect of the cat's paw was studied at the Sverdlovsk Medical Institute. The study found that the plant has antispasmodic and choleretic action. Its use has been effective in marked functional disorders of the gallbladder and bile ducts, especially those accompanied by hypertensive dyskinesia, and in chronic cholecystitis.

The hemostatic effect of the plant is due to the presence of tannins and vitamin K in it. The cat's paw's ability to coagulate blood is superior to calcium chloride and adrenaline.

History reference

The Latin name of the genus Antennaria in translation means antenna antennae and is given for plants resembling a tuft of a plant. The Russian name - the cat's foot - the plant received because of the similarity with the soft paw of a kitty with its claws removed. Also in Russia they called her Bogoroditsyna grass, as she was decorated with icon cases. It was believed by the people that the neviwever - another name of the cat's paw - can help to find the treasure, if you hand a bunch of grass to the blind. Used plant and healers. They gave the cat's paw tincture to patients with epilepsy, treated it for nervous diseases. Women suffering from "ladies' ailments" were supposed to chew on fresh cat's paw flowers.

Description of the plant cat's foot dvudomnaya (antennaria)

The herb of the cat's paw, belonging to the genus Cat's paw (Antennaria), is a rather nondescript plant that reaches a height of 8 - 25 cm. Such a homely plant is explained by the creeping and rooting rhizome and flowers that do not give a beautiful flowering. If we talk about the dwarfism of the cat's paw, it is characteristic of all heat-tolerant plants. And all thanks to the "downy" cover of the stems and leaves, performing a protective function: this kind of felt protects the plant from excessive evaporation of moisture. But the cat's foot is not afraid not only of drought, but also of frost, because it is characterized by high frost resistance (up to -28 degrees).

The cat's paw is a dioecious plant: for example, stamen flowers are placed in one of the “houses” and pistillate flowers in the other. Male flowers are white and blunt in shape, while female flowers are pink and have pointed edges. The front surface of the leaves of the cat's paws is naked, and the back is rough.

The fruit of the plant is a cylindrical, oblong seed, possessing a tuft of jagged hairs.

I must say that the cat's paw got its name for its delicate and velvety plant heads, which in their form resemble paws of such a pet as a cat.

Another popular name of the plant is the immortelle white (and here it is important not to confuse the cat's paw with the immortelle sandy, having flowers of bright yellow color). The cat's paw was called the immortelle for the reason that even being dried, this plant does not fade.

Finally, the cat's foot is called "thorax grass" (this plant helps to cure colds) and the "nonchuvic" (in honor of the miraculous plant called neu-wind, which, according to ancient legends, helped blind people to find treasures).

Where is growing?

Antennary grows in Japan, Asia, Northern Kazakhstan, Central and Northern Europe, as well as in North America. On the territory of Russia, this plant can be found in the European part of the country, in the Caucasus, the Kuril Islands and in Siberia.

It prefers the cat's foot to pine forests, dry meadows and meadows, heaths, sun-drenched forest edges, sandy coasts and dry moss-lichen tundra. This light-loving plant (the natural habitat of the cat's paws are open sunny areas with rather poor, acidic, and often sandy soil), growing in partial shade and on fertile soils, quickly losing its compactness and stretching.

Cat litter collection

For medicinal purposes, only the aboveground part of the plant is used.

The cat's foot blooms from mid-May until the end of July, while the fruits of the plant ripen from June to August.

The medicinal properties of the following parts of the cat's feet:
1. Grass and flower baskets that are collected during flowering. So, flowering grass (single flowers are subject to collection and drying) is collected throughout the summer and dried in the fresh air, but always under canopies. Such medicinal raw materials are stored for no more than a year.

2. Elevated part of the plant until the full blooming of flowers. It is the stems, leaves and flowers of the plant that contain nutrients that make the cat's foot widely used in herbal medicine. The aboveground part of the plant is dried in the same way as described above. The shelf life of raw materials is three years.
3. Grass during flowering and inflorescence until the basket opens. The raw materials are dried in the shade, and both in the open air and in well-ventilated areas, while it is important to prevent drying, the result of which will be the scattering of the baskets. The shelf life of this type of raw material is one year.

Store the dried parts of the cat's foot preferably in a cool place in paper bags or boxes (you can use pre-filled paper boxes).

Important! Harvested fresh raw materials are not hot-dried!

The composition and properties of the cat's paw

Tannins
Act:

  • elimination of inflammation localized in the intestinal mucosa,
  • reduction of gastrointestinal secretory function,
  • improving the digestion process
  • neutralization of the negative effects of heavy metal salts.

Thus, tannins precipitate proteins of tissue cells, thereby exerting a local astringent or irritant effect on the mucous membranes (it all depends on the concentration of this class of substances in the solution). It is the precipitated protein that protects the mucosa from various stimuli.

Resins
Act:

  • slowing down the putrefactive processes in the intestines,
  • promoting wound healing
  • disinfecting wounds
  • the destruction of pathogenic microbes
  • increase immunity.

Saponins
Act:
  • increased secretion of bronchial glands,
  • elimination of inflammation,
  • excitement of the cough center,
  • normalization of water, salt, and mineral exchanges,
  • promoting the strengthening of hormones.

In addition, saponins have diuretic and laxative effects.

Vitamin K
Effects of Vitamin K:

  • prevents bleeding, increasing blood clotting,
  • eliminates hemorrhage,
  • normalizes liver function
  • neutralizes the harmful effects of aflotoxins and other poisons that accumulate in the body,
  • promotes the formation of prothrombin - an enzyme that is necessary for blood clotting,
  • provides the synthesis of osteocalcin, which is a protein of bone tissue, on which calcium crystallizes,
  • prevents the development of osteoporosis,
  • regulates redox processes.

Alkaloids
Act:
  • eliminate pain,
  • reduce blood pressure
  • normalize blood circulation
  • increase blood clotting
  • regulate the work of the central nervous system (for example, when small doses are taken, alkaloids act stimulantly on the central nervous system, and large doses, on the contrary, are depressing).

Octacosan
Act:
  • increases physical stamina
  • reduces the time of motor reaction,
  • reduces stress
  • relieves muscle pain after intense physical exertion, with muscular dystrophies, as well as other neuromuscular diseases,
  • lowers blood cholesterol.

Phytosterol
Act:
  • participates in the formation of cholesterol, steroid hormones and cell membranes,
  • prevents the development of cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases,
  • neutralizes viruses,
  • strengthens the immune system
  • helps to cure cancer,
  • neutralizes toxins,
  • increases mental and physical activity
  • regulates mineral metabolism.

Treatment with the cat's paw

The stems and leaves of the cat's feet are applied internally in the treatment of tumors, whites, hernias, uterine curvature, hemoptysis, heavy menstruation, bleeding (uterine, nasal, gastrointestinal, postpartum, pulmonary, hemorrhoidal, wound). In hemorrhoidal bleeding, preparations from the cat's paw are applied both inwardly and outwardly.

As rinsings, this part of the plant is indicated for diseases of the throat and mouth.

Infusion of cat's grass is recommended to douche for gonorrhea, while the powder from the grass promotes the healing of wounds, burns and bruises, for which it is enough to powder the damaged skin with the powder several times a day.

The cat's paw flowers help to cope with cholecystitis, diarrhea, jaundice, liver and stomach diseases. In addition, this part of the plant helps to eliminate bile from the body and stones from the gallbladder. Cat's paw powder accelerates wound healing.

With the help of the cat's paw, it is possible to improve eyesight and speed up the process of treating such diseases as glaucoma and cataracts. To do this, the flowers of the plant are placed in a small cloth bag, which are further soaked in boiling water and applied warm to the diseased eyes before bedtime.

The use of dried flowers cat's foot

This form of plant intake will help to cure peptic ulcer, stop bleeding, speed up the process of resorption of hemorrhoidal cones. The decoction is effective in the treatment of chronic cholecystitis, pronounced functional disorders of the gallbladder, as well as the bile ducts (especially if these disorders are accompanied by hypertensive dyskinesia).

A decoction of the cat's paw as an external agent (lotions and baths) is indicated in the treatment of diathesis, children's eczemas, and tuberculosis of the skin. In this case, the decoction can be applied inside, which will enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Decoction is also taken in the treatment of hepatitis, non-healing wounds, boils and bruises.

To prepare the broth taken orally, 8 g of flower baskets of the plant are poured 200 ml of boiling water and boiled for 5 minutes. And then the broth is infused for half an hour, thoroughly filtered, and drunk a tablespoon three times a day. For outdoor use preparing a more concentrated solution - 16 g of raw material per 200 ml of boiling water.

Important! Before taking cat paws (especially children), you should consult a doctor!

Infusions of the cat's paws help to cure inflammations, stop the blood, act as a choleretic agent. In addition, in the form of rinsing infusions are used for inflammation of the gums, stomatitis, periodontal disease and other diseases of the oral cavity.

Lotions of infusion are recommended for nosebleeds, while poultices are recommended for abscesses, enlargement of the thyroid gland, tumors, bruises, eczema, and hardening of the mammary glands.

A tablespoon of the flowers of the plant is brewed with 300 ml of boiling water, infused for four hours, filtered and taken in a tablespoon every two to three hours (for intestinal or gastric bleeding, the interval between doses of the infusion can be reduced to 15-30 minutes). When nasal bleeding infusions are soaked with tampons that are inserted into the nasal passages, whereas when bleeding gums with infusion, it is recommended to rinse your mouth. To stop hemorrhoidal bleeding, you can resort to the external use of infusion in the form of lotions, as well as enemas or tampons.

This form of cat paw preparations is used for skin diseases. Also, the tincture, which has anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and coagulating properties, is indicated in the treatment of hemorrhoidal bleeding (to enhance the effect, it is recommended to combine the internal intake of tincture with its external use).

To prepare the tincture, 1 tbsp. Herb of the cat's foot is filled with 100 ml of vodka and infused for a week in a dark and always warm place (the tincture should be shaken periodically). Strained liqueur is drunk on 25 - 30 drops, divorcing in 150 ml of water twice – three times a day. For outdoor use, one teaspoon of tincture is diluted in a glass of water.

Cat's foot in gynecology

Today, traditional medicine has a large number of medicinal plants, with which you can cure many gynecological diseases. One of these plants is the cat's foot, which has excellent hemostatic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Preparations of this plant increase blood clotting. If we talk about uterine bleeding, the principle of action in this case is this: the cat's foot stimulates the muscles of the uterus, thereby causing squeezing of the blood vessels located in its walls. In this case, the main stimulant of this hemostatic plant is vitamin K, which contributes to the formation of prothrombin in the liver, and, as is well known, it is prothrombin that increases blood clotting.

For the preparation of a hemostatic infusion from the cat's foot 1 tbsp. Herb of the plant is filled with 100 ml of boiling water, infused for half an hour, filtered and taken in a tablespoon every hour and a half, until the bleeding stops. This infusion can be used as a tampon three times a day to stop uterine bleeding.

Decoctions and infusions of cat's paws will help eliminate leucorrhea, normalize the menstrual cycle, heal menorrhagia, relieve inflammation.
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Cat litter application

When jaundice is recommended to wash the decoction of the cat's feet. During diathesis and children's eczema, babies are bathed in trays with such healing broth. As a choleretic agent, you can use a decoction made from 8 grams of raw materials and 200 grams of boiling water. The course of treatment involves taking 1 tablespoon up to three times a day.

Cat's foot dvudomnaya

The cat's foot dvudomnaya of the family Compositae often used in traditional medicine. The plant presented prefers the territories of the Caucasus, Ukraine, Siberia and the Urals. It gladly settles in pine forests, on dry meadows and on large waste grounds.

Such a perennial plant reaches a height of 25 cm. The simple stem is supplemented with scaphoid root and linear stem leaves. Graceful pink flowers are located in small baskets. The dioecious cat's foot is blooming from mid-May to the very end of June. An infusion of healing flower baskets is indicated for cholecystitis and liver disease. In addition, this type of plant can be used as a choleretic and anti-inflammatory agent.

Cat Paw Flowers

The small flowers of the cat's paws are collected in interesting baskets, which are located on the tops of the stems. Flower petals can be white, pink and even slightly reddish. Oblong female flowers, as a rule, a delicate pink shade.

This dioecious plant has spherical baskets for men. These flowers are almost always white. The diameter of the apical basket reaches 6 cm. At the base of the delightful baskets are tiled leaves, they are quite fluffy at the bottom and dry at the top. Female shirokotruchchatye flowers have pistils, a column and a separate stigma with the lower ovary. The receptacle of the cat's paw is convex and bare. Male flowers with a tubular leuke perianth supplemented with five stamens. Нередко встречаются экземпляры с пестиком, но они считаются бесплодными.

Literature

1. Телятьев В.В. «Целебные клады Центральной Сибири», Восточно-Сибирское книжное издательство, Иркутск, 1976 – 185 с.

2. Н. Сафонов «Лекарственные растения. Иллюстрированный атлас», Москва, Эксмо, 2013 г. – 100 с.

3Fruentov N.K. - “Medicinal plants of the Far East”, Khabarovsk book publishing house, 1987 - 88 p.

Application in everyday life

Some species of cat's feet are widely used by Western florists to create decorative alpine slides and borders. If the plant is provided with all the necessary conditions for growth (a lot of light and acidic soil), then within one year it can occupy an area of ​​several tens of square meters, forming a dense carpet that is resistant to trampling. Less commonly used as a houseplant, as in the absence of light and acidic soil grows slowly, and the stems are long and fragile.

The composition and therapeutic properties of the cat's paw

  1. As part of the cat's paw there are tannins, resins, bitterness and vitamin K.
  2. Broths, powders and tinctures from a cat's paw help to improve blood clotting. With long-term use of decoction, you can achieve better indicators of increased clotting than with the use of adrenaline and calcium chloride.
  3. Low concentrated decoctions are used for bloody diarrhea, whooping cough and hernia.

Broth from the powder of cat's feet for the treatment of jaundice

This decoction should be used for washing, but not for internal reception. For its preparation requires 70 grams of seed powder and 2 liters of boiled water. Infuse for three days, then add 50 ml of honey. The washing procedure should be repeated for 2-3 weeks, after which you can take a break and, if necessary, take another course of treatment.

Tincture of the root of the cat's paws to improve blood clotting

Two spoons of chopped cat's root must be poured with a glass of water and boiled for 10 minutes over low heat. The dishes must be tightly closed in order to avoid evaporation of essential oils and tannins. After the broth boils, it must be placed in the refrigerator, wait until it cools and strain. Take 2 tablespoons 2-3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.

Oil from the stem and flowers of the cat's paw for healing wounds, external tuberculosis

To prepare the oil can be used in several ways. First of all, you can take a liter jar, fill it to the top with fresh raw materials, then pour olive oil. Closely close the jar and let it stand for a month. The oil should take a dark green shade, mixed with essential oils and resins of vegetable raw materials. At the end of the month, the oil must be drained, removing the remains of the cat's paw and adding 50 ml of sugar syrup. Store in the refrigerator should be applied to open wounds 2-3 times a day, allowing it to be completely absorbed. The second option involves the use of lime honey instead of olive oil.

Tincture of crushed raw materials with high blood pressure, blood diarrhea, whooping cough

To prepare the tincture you need to take 200 grams of crushed cat's paws and pour them with 1 liter of vodka or strong wine. Insist for 2 months in an unlit place at room temperature (18-25 degrees). Be sure to flush and add liquid as needed. At the end of the period, strain and pour into a tightly closed container. Store in the refrigerator, take 80-90 drops per day, diluted in tea or juice.