Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Silverweed As Alternative Medicine

Silverweed As Alternative Medicine

Silverweed is an alternative medicine that has been used since the medieval times. It was used extensively for diarrhoea and haemorrhages. This herb is known by many other names such as goosewort, anser, trailing tansy, argentina, wild agrimony and prince’s feathers. Almost every part of this plant can be used.

  1. It is a gargle to relieve toothache and sore gums.
  2. The tea is drunk to clear skin complaints such as sunburn, freckles, blemishes, marks from smallpox and skin discoloration.
  3. It is a remedy for jaundice.
  4. It is effective for urinary tract inflammation and kidney stones.
  5. The tea is excellent for eye inflammation.
  6. It is an effective treatment for abdominal, stomach, intestinal and menstrual cramps.
  7. It gives relief to digestive disorders such as indigestion and diarrhea.
  8. It is used to ease joint pains such as those caused by bunion, gout and arthritis.

Silverweed is available as tea, dried herb and ointment or lotion. An infusion is made by steeping 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. To relieve a sore throat add some honey. For cramps it is often used together with Balm and Chamomile. The tea can also be used as a wash to improve skin complexion. Lotion or ointment of the herb is used externally to treat bleeding hemorrhoids.

Silverweed is safe when taken in the recommended doses. Side effects of excessive doses of this herb include memory loss, aura fluctuation and unconsciousness. Avoid using it with stimulants and depressants. Pregnant, nursing women and children should also refrain from taking it. Silverweed is a very potent alternative medicine and should be used with great caution.

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