HORSETAIL, SCOURING RUSH, SHAVE GRASS, BOTTLEBRUSH, SILICA.

Parts Used:
Stems.

Function:
Horsetail contains bioflavonoids, which are said to offer a diuretic action, and minerals, which strengthen tissue and help to prevent symptoms of arthritis and facilitate the uptake of calcium by the body.

Uses:
* Traditionally horsetail has been used for healing of wounds and burns, to stem the bleeding from wounds and ulcers, for kidney and bladder problems, water retention, arthritis and tuberculosis.
* Currently horsetail is used for conditions such as arthritis, bone diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis, water retention, cardiovascular disease, bronchitis, muscle cramps and gallbladder problems. Horsetail also encourages healthy connective tissue, skin, hair, bones, nails and teeth.

Guidelines:
Horsetail is taken as tea 1 – 4 gm daily or as a tincture at 2 – 6 ml daily.

Interactions:
* Horsetail is not recommended during pregnancy.
* Use only extracts of the horsetail species equisetum arvense as other species have toxic side effects.

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