Monday, February 11, 2008

Yarrow As Alternative Medicine

Yarrow As Alternative Medicine

Yarrow is an age old alternative medicine used by many cultures to treat a wide variety of health complaints. The North American natives such as the Chippewa, Blackfoot and Cherokee used its tea for headache, fever, childbirth and restful sleep.

  1. It is an effective remedy for heavy menstrual bleeding.
  2. It is a treatment for digestive problems such as indigestion, flatulence and bloating.
  3. It is used to treat skin irritations such as cuts, measles, small pox, chicken pox and bruises.
  4. It promotes perspiration.
  5. It lowers blood pressure and purifies the blood.
  6. It is useful for cramps, sprains and strains.
  7. It can help with kidney disorders such as blood in the urine.
  8. It is very effective for colds and flu.
  9. It promotes hair growth.

Yarrow is available in extracts, capsules and tinctures. It is non-toxic and non-irritant. However, side effects such as sores, fever and nervous tension are found in some people. Yarrow tea is the most effective form of the herb. The tea can be drunk up to three times a day. The North American natives used it with plantain to treat internal bleeding. To clear up a cold mixed the tea with peppermint or elderberry blossoms. Take this at the first sign of a cold.

Yarrow is an herbal medicine of many uses. The herbalist Matthew Wood and herbal author Michael Moore both wrote about the many therapeutic uses of this herb. Yarrow is an alternative medicine that I have personally used for female problems with good results.

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