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What is Horsetaill?

Horsetails botanical name comes from two Latin terms, "equus" meaning horse, and "seta", meaning bristle. The name resulted because of its peculiar bristled appearance at the stem joints. Horsetail is strongly astringent and is therefore used for both internal and external wounds.

It has been used for centuries, as a diuretic aiding in kidney infection, dropsy, and gravel. It is also used as a wash for swelling eyelids. In Guatemala, American Indians have used it for cancer.

Poultices and infusions of it were used for polyps, abdominal and oral cancer. Horsetail has large amounts of silica. Children have large amounts of silica in their body which makes children so supple and limber.

Horsetail is used in traditional medicine as a diuretic and an antitubercular drug, and in the treatment of kidney and bladder disturbances. It's been used topically in cosmetics, and as an astringent to stop bleeding and stimulate wound healing.

Horsetail's mild diuretic action is probably the result of the equisetonin and flavonoid glycoside constituents. Horsetail also contains small amounts of pharmacologically active nicotine and inorganic silica components.

Horsetail is available as dried extract in powdered form, dried or fresh stem of horsetail plant, infusion, liquid extract 1:1 in 25% alcohol), and tea.

Reported uses:
Horsetail is used orally to treat diuresis, edema, and general disturbances of the kidney and bladder. It's used topically for supportive treatment of burns and wounds. Horsetail has also been used to treat brittle fingernails, rheumatic diseases, gout, frostbite, and profuse menstruation.

Dosage is 6 g of the dried stem by mouth every day with plenty of fluids, or 1 cup of tea taken several times between meals, or 1 to 4 ml ofliquid extract by mouth three times a day

An infusion is prepared by placing 1.5 g of dried stem in 1 cup of water; dosage is 2 to 4 g by mouth every day

A tea is prepared by pouring boiling water over 2 to 3 g of the herb, boiling for 5 minutes, and then straining after 10 to 15 minutes; consumed several times a day between meals

Topical support for burns or wounds:
A compress containing 10 g of stem/L of water may be applied to affected areas. Other Benefits:
Benefits associated with use of the herb Horsetail:

the use of calcium in the body
high silica content
helps to aid circulation
strengthen nails
increases the flow of urine
good for preventing split-ends in hair
kills eggs of parasites
dissolves tumors
increases the production of urine and helps with prostate problems
helps heal fractured bones faster
good for eyes, ear, nose, throat and glandular disorders
used in mixture with calcium for osteoporosis
historically has been used for diabetes

Side Effects:
Side effects of horsetail include electrolyte imbalance, skin irritation from topical use, thiamine deficiency from long-term use, and symptoms of nicotine poisoning and toxicity including nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness, abnormal pulse rate, fever, and ataxia.

Use of horsetail with benzodiazepines, disulfiram, or metronidazole may cause a disulfiram-like reaction. Horsetail may increase digitalis toxicity as a result of potassium loss with diuretic effect. When it's used with potassium-wasting drugs (including corticosteroids, diuretics, and laxative stimulants), there's an increased risk of hypokalemia.

Overuse of licorice with horsetail may increase potassium depletion and risk of cardiac toxicity. Excessive alcohol consumption while horsetail is being used may lead to thiamine deficiency.

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