Horsetail

Horsetail Herb

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Historically used by Native Americans to treat minor urinary ailments and improve kidney function due to its diuretic properties. Its high silica content makes it extremely beneficial in aiding hair growth and reducing thinning. Silica is also involved in collagen production which is vital for skin strength and elasticity thus horsetail is also used and renowned for maintaining healthy skin and nails.

Other Traditional Uses
- Prostatitis and urethritis
- Oedema (natural diuretic)
- Wound healing (contracts minor wounds
- Sprains and fractures
- *Rheumatoid arthritis & Gout

Warnings
- Best used short term, especially if taking orally
- Contraindicated with dry skin or constipation
- Keep out of reach of children
- Seek advise if you have a medical condition or are on other
  medications or supplements

Useful Information

Horsetail is a nutritious herb rich in silicon (about 10%), potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, phytosterols, dietary fiber,along with vitamins A, E and C.

Its considered a potent anti-inflammatory herb with anti-oxidant and pain relieving properties due to its ability to increase kyurenic acid i.e. KYNA. KYNA is present in synovial fluid and low levels seem to be associated with arthritic symptoms.

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