When the concentration of uric acid in the blood is too high, joint or urinary problems can occur. Fortunately, there are herbs like horsetail that help eliminate excess of this compound from the body.
Much of the uric acid is dissolved in the blood, filtered by the kidneys and then eliminated through urine and feces.
Excess uric acid in the blood begins to accumulate in the form of microcrystals of urate that are deposited in the joints, triggering gout or burdening the renal system, producing urinary stones. A person’s body produces uric acid as a result of the process of breaking down purines.
Although they are found naturally in the human body, there are certain foods, such as fish, asparagus, mushrooms, that contribute to increasing their values.
It has a diuretic effect
Due to its content rich in silicon dioxide, saponin, flavonosides and essential oils, horsetail has a diuretic effect.
Rich in volatile oils, which give it an antimicrobial action, and potassium salts, horsetail tea is used as an antiseptic and diuretic in kidney diseases. It helps to treat kidney stones, especially in the case of stones formed from uric acid, usually also associated with the appearance of gout.
In the case of gout, a disease characterized by an increase in the concentration of uric acid in the blood and the deposition of urates, especially in the joints, a decoction prepared from 1 teaspoon of the plant to 1 cup of boiled water is recommended. Drink 3-4 cups a day.
Generally, uric acid kidney stones form when the excretion of uric acid in the urine is low.
An infusion of horsetail will cleanse the body of toxins and help, at the same time, to eliminate excess water. It is prepared from 2 spoons of dry herb to 1 cup of boiled water and drink 2 cups a day.
Treats urinary infections
Due to its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, horsetail can also be used as a remedy against urinary infections, as it helps to eliminate them and relieves pain.
To increase its effectiveness, it is recommended to prepare an infusion of horsetail combined with cranberry. You need 2 teaspoons of each to 1 cup of boiling water. You can drink 2 cups a day until the symptoms disappear.
It protects the stomach
In digestive disorders, horsetail tea combats increased acidity and has benefits in gastric ulcers. The tea is prepared from 4-5 teaspoons of chopped plant to 1.5 liters of water.
Let it boil for 10 minutes, strain and drink 2 cups during the day.
Some specialists recommend cold maceration of the plant, because it has a greater diuretic effect. For maceration, put a few teaspoons of powder in a liter of water and leave to macerate for a few hours, then filter and drink throughout the day.
In case of diseases of the respiratory system, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, horsetail has a bronchodilator and expectorant effect.
You can take 1 teaspoon of plant powder 3 times a day or prepare a decoction of 1 teaspoon of chopped plant in 250 ml of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then drink 3 times a day, between meals.
Horsetail is also effective in treating pharyngomatonsillitis and gingivitis. In this case, you can gargle with horsetail infusion. Prepare the infusion from 2 teaspoons of the plant to 500 ml of boiling water.
Good to know!
The rich mixture of minerals and organic compounds make horsetail a plant also used in the hair care industry.
It increases the resistance of the hairs and fights their fall, giving more shine. Horsetail tea can also be used as a rinse to strengthen the hair.