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Couch ordinary (Alchemilla vulgaris): application in folk medicine. Cuff: medicinal properties and contraindications

In the forests, along the roadsides, in meadows and fringes, a cuff that is inconspicuous in appearance but unique in its chemical composition grows. The medicinal properties and contraindications of this natural doctor are not equal. There are so many usefulness in it that it is used without even the slightest fear even for the treatment of children. In most cases, the cuff can only harm if a strong overdose occurs. In the people she has about two dozen other names, among them - the breastfeed, the spell, the grass is unhealthy, the hearth, the creeper, the crow's foot, the forest horseradish and many others. All of them are given on the basis of either the appearance of the plant or the diseases that the cuff helps. The healing properties and contra-indications of preparations from this unique herb were known to the ancient priests and alchemists who actively used them for treatment and magical rituals. Nowadays, even official medicine has recognized the usefulness of cuffs, so its dry collections are freely sold in pharmacies, and extracts from it are part of many medications.

Biological Description

Grass cuff, medicinal properties and contraindications of which have been known in Russia since ancient times, belongs to the family of pink. Its official name is a cuff ordinary, or yellow-green. In Latin it sounds like Alchemilla vulgaris. This plant can be bought in a pharmacy, and you can prepare yourself. To learn the cuff is easy on the palm-lobed leaves, which really looks like a broad goose paw. Leaves that grow in the basal zone, petiolate, relatively large, veins are divided into 9-11 concave lobes. Leaves growing on stems, without petioles and smaller. Both have light edges. A very characteristic inflorescence has a cuff. The healing properties and contraindications of this herb, as the studies have established, are maximum during the flowering period, that is, it is necessary to know well what its flowers look like. Outwardly they are not very noticeable, small, yellow-green, collected in numerous loose umbrellas. But each flower is similar to a small asterisk. The rhizome of the cuff is somewhat reminiscent of the horseradish root. It is thick enough, it is located horizontally underground, reaching several meters. As the rhizome grows, new buds are formed on it, from which stems grow, that is, this plant belongs to the so-called creeping. The stem of the cuff in height barely reaches 40-45 cm. It is covered with light edges, just like leaves. A cuff is a perennial. Its ground parts with frosts die, but in the spring, as soon as the sun begins to warm, grow again.

Chemical composition

Although several hundred years to get rid of various ailments grass cuff is used, the medicinal properties and contraindications of this plant are still being studied. To date, scientists have discovered the following chemical elements in the aerial parts and partly in the rhizome of the cuff:

- phytosterols (phytosterols);

- ascorbic acid;

- lignin;

- coumarins;

- tannin;

- tannins;

- fatty acid;

- flavonoids;

- leukoanthizionids;

- Resins;

- catechins;

- lipids;

- bitterness;

- trace elements.

Therapeutic effect

In both official and traditional medicine, the cuff was widely used. The medicinal properties and contra-indications of many drugs on its basis have been clinically tested and applied inward for such diseases:

- the presence of "bad" cholesterol is above the norm (it actively reduces it);

- Gastrointestinal diseases;

- a cold and everything that accompanies it (runny nose, cough, weakness);

- asthma and other diseases caused by spasms;

- epilepsy;

- Atherosclerosis;

- Diseases of the heart and coronary vessels;

- diabetes;

- diseases of the genitourinary system;

- obesity;

- used as a drug that slows down aging and removes toxins from the body.

As an external remedy, the cuff is used to treat:

- furuncles;

- purulent wounds and ulcers;

- with various injuries;

- dropsy;



Cuff, medicinal properties and contraindications, undergoing tests

Since in the chemical composition of this herb there are several substances with antitumor properties (coumarins, phytosterols, leukoanthizionids, catechins), scientists are actively studying the possibility of treating cancers with a cuff. Such studies are currently being conducted in China, the US and Japan. Also, the possibilities of using this plant for treatment are clarified:

- Anemia;

- viral and infectious diseases;

- schizophrenia;

- to restore reproductive function.

Another aspect of using a cuff that is still in the testing phase is its use as components in dietary supplements for sports nutrition, since experiments have shown that the cuff is capable of increasing muscle mass without changing the hormonal level.

Cuff for women

For women, the cuff is unusually widely used. Therapeutic properties and contraindications in gynecology of drugs with this herb have long been studied and do not cause doubts. Useful substances contained in the cuff contribute to the stabilization of the hormonal background, normalize the work of all organs, relieve fatigue, relieve headaches. All these actions help women to tolerate menopause well. Women who are of childbearing age, doctors advise to use a cuff for infertility treatment and for problems with menstruation. Pregnant preparations with a cuff are recommended to drink to accelerate and facilitate delivery, and also if an incorrect location of the placenta is detected. After the birth, this herb is taken to improve lactation.

In addition to preparations for internal use, the cuff is also used in gynecology for external use. Therapeutic properties and contraindications for women with whites, itching of the genitals, inflammations, erosions are not antagonists, that is, the therapeutic effect is repeatedly confirmed in practice, and contraindications in this case concern only those who have cuffed preparations that cause allergies. Women, whose body is well tolerated cuff, folk medicine advises to do with broths from this herb syringing and bath. To prepare the solution, take 3-4 tablespoons of dry raw material, pour 200-300 ml of steep boiling water, insist, strain, cool to room temperature.

For men

Not only the weak, but also the strong sex helps the cuff. Therapeutic properties and contraindications for men of this herb are still being studied. So, there is a hypothesis that drugs with the addition of a cuff increase endurance during physical exertion, and also promote the recruitment of muscle mass and at the same time remove the fat. People's healers are advised to treat prostatitis with a cuff. For this, the plant needs to be ingested regularly throughout the year. In summer, fresh cuff leaves should be added to salads, make tea with them, cook soups. In winter, use sour leaves and stems of this herb.

The recipe for souring: green grass mass (leaves, stems, flowers) slightly mash, pour the brine (5 teaspoons of salt to 500 ml of water), add spices to taste (dill, garlic, paprika, bay leaf), a slice of black bread, cover Gauze or a leaf of plantain and put in a warm place for 3-4 days, after which it should be placed in the refrigerator. Take sour cuff for 30 days on a tablespoon.

With diabetes mellitus

Long since popular doctors, and recently also official medicine, for treatment of the most different diseases the cuff is used. The healing properties of diabetes are so high in her that they allow people suffering from this very unpleasant disease, without drugs, to significantly lower blood sugar. In the first stages of diabetes, the effect of cuff treatment is unique. With its help, not only does sugar come to normal, but also the skin condition improves, the work of the digestive and pancreatic organs is normalized. The prescription of the medicine is unusually simple: you just need to brew a cuff like a regular tea, and drink it daily. You can also prepare a mixture of cuffs, lilac buds, dandelion roots and licorice, cowberry leaves and sage. The only thing that diabetics should not forget is that preparations with a cuff negatively affect blood clotting, so before you start tea drinking with this herb, you need to pass the appropriate tests.


Like any other drug, it has both a cuff and medicinal properties and contraindications. Reviews of people who used it for various diseases, mostly positive. With proper observance of recommendations and dosages, patients manage to cope with diabetes mellitus at the first stages of the disease, improve the general condition of the body, get rid of renal colic, runny nose, insomnia, headache, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, varicose veins and many other ailments with this herb . However, we must not forget about the contra-indications of the cuff. It can not be used when:

- Pregnancy (some healers, on the contrary, are advised to take a cuff from the second trimester);

- high coagulability of blood;

- Individual intolerance.

In case of an overdose of drugs with a cuff, diarrhea may begin.

It is also important to note that with a curative purpose to harvest this grass is only needed during the flowering period (from late May to September).

Cuff, medicinal properties and contraindications, recipes

Given the wide range of applications of this plant, it is impossible to cite all the recipes in which it is used. Here are just a few of them:

1. Infertility. Prepare a mixture of dried herbs cuffs, mint and motherboard, mix in a ratio of 1: 2: 1. Several times a day, drink tea from this mixture, brewing a spoonful of raw materials on a glass of water.

2. In case of profuse, painful periods. 1,5 dessert spoons of dry raw cuffs pour a glass of boiling water and stoke for 2 hours. Strain. Drink 100 ml several times a day.

3. With diarrhea. From fresh raw juice squeeze. Take a teaspoon every 2 hours.

4. With bronchitis. 30 gr. Dry raw material pour 1000 ml of warmed wine and infuse 12 hours. Take 50 ml in the morning, afternoon and evening.

5. For the prevention of aging. Take half a cup of fresh raw herbs cuffs (leaves), elecampane (roots), comfrey (roots), pour wine and cook for 15 minutes. Strain. The resulting means to wipe the face and décolleté area.

6. Cellulite. 40 gr. Fresh raw materials and 10 gr. Dry pour 500 ml of boiling water, insist 4 hours, drain. Infusion take inwards 50 ml to 4 times a day. Put the cake on gauze and apply it to the problem areas as a compress (for 30 minutes).

In addition to preparing decoctions and tinctures, it is very useful to eat the cuff in a fresh form, adding to salads and soups. This will be an excellent prevention of all of the above diseases.

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