A close relative of the fern, horsetail (Equisetum arvense) has been traditionally used to stop bleeding, tuberculosis, kidney problems and heal ulcers and wounds. It is a thin, perennial plant with a rhizomatous stem that looks like the tail of a horse.
Animal studies suggest that horsetail has anti-diabetic effects and is effective in lowering blood sugar levels. Horsetail contains silicon, a mineral that is known to strengthen bones. A clinical study done in 122 Italian women found that those who took horsetail experienced improved bone density. Horsetail has antioxidant and antiproliferative properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Horsetail For Kidney Stones
Kidney stones or ‘renal lithiasis’ are tiny and solid deposits that are formed within the kidneys and are made from dietary minerals.
A clinical research found that when people with a history of uric acid kidney stones used horsetail, they experienced an increase in diuresis (urine output) that could help flush out kidney stones.[4,5]
How To Take It
- Pour boiling water over 2tsp horsetail in a cup to prepare a tea. Steep for 10 minutes. Have it twice daily to get rid of kidney stones.
- Buy the herb online here.
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2. Corletto F. [Female climacteric osteoporosis therapy with titrated horsetail (Equisetum arvense) extract plus calcium (osteosil calcium): randomized double blind study]. Miner Ortoped Traumatol. 1999;50:201-206.
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