Horsetail: the horsetail, the ally for your bones

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Elia Tabuenca García
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The Horse Tail is an excellent ally for your bones! Well yes! This plant is called exactly like this: Horsetail (from the Latin equi = horse crine = tail), also known as Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) and from its physical characteristics, it is easy to understand why. It has no flowers or seeds and its thin branches resemble horse hair.



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La Horse tail is a great ally for your bones! Well yes! This is the name of this plant: Ponytail (from Latin equi = horse horsehair = tail), also known as Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) and its physical characteristics, it is easy to understand why. It has no flowers or seeds and its thin branches resemble horse hair.



It is part of the Equisetaceae family. Its healing uses date back to Greco-Roman times when it was already used for treat kidney problems.

Its diuretic action is recognized in modern medicine also for urinary tract infections: the herb promotes the excretion of urine.

Its main property is its own high silica content, an indispensable element for the synthesis of collagen fibers present in the cartilage. In fact, the lack of silicon in the body causes a reduction in the collagen that holds the molecules of our cartilage together. A low silicon content causes bone demineralization and consequently losteoporosis, for this reason the horsetail can be a valid help for bone health and also to heal nails and hair.

This plant also has a high content of calcium carbonate, potassium sulphate, magnesium, iron, manganese, hence its excellent remineralizing action.

It is true then that the horsetail keeps our bones stronge more than with the calcium in milk?

It would seem so as confirmed by a statement on the Newsweek di Walter Willet, head of the University School of Public Health by Harvard. The reason would lie in the relationship between the calcium and the increase in acidity caused by the digestion of animal proteins, as a German study reveals

published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To resist the rarefaction of the bones then ... horsetail of course!

Although for a healthy skeleton you will need to evaluate food, behavioral, hormonal and immune system factors well together with your doctor as well as healthy physical activity, from jogging to swimming as long as it is regular and moderate.



And with the help of a good herbalist you can choose to take thehorsetail in opercula (also to be found here), in tincture (1 - 4 ml, 3 times a day) or opt for one good herbal tea twice a day. To make an excellent decoction, boil for about ten minutes 20 g of dried horsetail leaves, you can also use it for external use by making compresses and washes on sores or canker sores.



Obviously fatand pay attention to the dosage and avoid taking it for prolonged use, checking the contraindications well, especially if you have particular pathologies or are taking drugs.

Michela Silvestri

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