Equisetum or Horsetail (Latin name: Equisetum Arvense) belongs to the Equisetaceae family. It is characterized as the “living fossil” because it is the last living species in this category. Its name comes from the Latin words “Equus” which means horse and “seta” hair and that also explains its other name.
Health Benefits and Uses
Equisetum has a strong diuretic effect and is effective in cases of kidney infections due to its anti-inflammatory action. It also has expectorant properties that make it ideal for respiratory irritations and diseases associated with it. For external use, it reduces bleeding and heals wounds. It contains silicon compounds that help absorb calcium and reduce the deposition of lipids in the arteries. Finally, shoot juices are a great remedy for urinary tract infections.
Available Forms of Equisetum:
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.