The snake mountaineer is a grassy perennial from the buckwheat family. Other plant names are cancer cervical, serpentine large, snake root.
Erect not toothed branching plant stem in height reaches 1-1.2 meters. Stem leaves are small, pointed, oblong in shape, their petioles grow together with stipules, forming membranous tubes - the so-called sockets. Basal leaves of a highlander are large with long winged petioles.
The inflorescence is a long spike (brush) formed by small pink flowers at the top of the stem. The fruits of the highlander have the appearance of a triangular smooth nutlet of dark brown color. Its length is from 3 to 4.5 mm.
Flowering time - May-June. The fruits ripen in June and July.
The plant is widespread in the temperate climate zone. The snake mountaineer grows best on wet, acidic soils: its thickets can be found around water bodies, on swampy peat and damp floodplain meadows, and also on forest glades.
The scope and properties of the highlander snake are due to the chemical composition of the plant. Its roots contain:
- Tannins (up to 25%);
- Starch (up to 26%);
- Coloring matter;
- Calcium oxalate;
- Gallic (nut) acid;
- Ellagic acid (this substance is one of the most effective natural anticarcinogens);
- Vitamin C.
The chemical composition of stems, leaves and flowers contains a large amount of bioflavonoids (including cyanidin, kaempferol and quercetin), as well as ascorbic acid.
The most valuable properties of the highlander snake are:
- Sedative (sedative);
- The ability to regulate the functional activity of the digestive organs.
The binder properties of a plant appear gradually, as its active ingredients undergo splitting juices.
Indications for use
Serpentine, bent in the form of a cancer neck, thick rhizomes of a plant are used as medicinal raw materials. The most pronounced properties of the highlander snake, harvested in early spring or autumn.
Scientific medicine considers it appropriate to use the snake mountaineer for:
- Inflammatory diseases of the skin and mucous membranes;
- Bowel disorders;
- Chronic pancreatitis;
- Animal bites.
In folk medicine, the use of highlander snake is shown when:
- Peptic ulcer disease;
- Gynecological diseases;
- Bleeding (including with heavy menstruation and internal bleeding);
- Inflammation of the bladder and gallbladder;
- Nervous disorders;
- Acute and chronic diseases of the intestinal tract (mainly in colitis);
- Chronic diarrhea;
- Cracked rectum;
- Inflammatory otolaryngological diseases (infusion of flowers is effective in treating diseases of the ear), gingivitis, stomatitis.
Outwardly decoctions and infusions of the rhizomes of the highlander are used in the form of lotions for ulcers and bleeding wounds.
A decoction of rhizomes of snake mountaineer has established itself as an effective diuretic for urinary and gallstone disease, cystitis. In combination with other medicinal plants it is used for the preparation of decoctions for irrigation (irrigation) and washing the vagina with leukoree (belyah).
Receiving drugs coil is contraindicated in pregnancy, breastfeeding, individual intolerance. Also, they should not be taken by people suffering from frequent constipation.
The plant is non-toxic and rarely provokes side effects, but it should be remembered that long-term use of snake highlander can cause constipation.
Homemade Drugs from Highlander Snake
In case of pulmonary, uterine, intestinal or gastric bleeding, peptic ulcer, cholecystitis, chronic pancreatitis, rectal fissures, cholelithiasis, dyspepsia disorders, 20 g of crushed raw material is poured with a glass of water and boiled over low heat for half an hour. The medicine is drawn for 45 minutes, drained and its volume is adjusted to the original. Take 3-4 times a day before meals, one tablespoon.
If there are concrements in the urinary or gall bladder, with cholecystitis, cystitis or colpitis, 20 g of chopped snake-mountaineer root is poured with a liter of water and simmered for 20 minutes, then insist one hour, drain out and take one tablespoon three times a day (before eating).
For the treatment of diarrhea, meteorism, intestinal colic and dysentery, 15 g of the root is poured into a thermos, poured a glass (200 ml) of boiling water, infused for 8 hours, filtered and taken 3-4 times a day in a tablespoon.
To prepare the tea from the snake mountaineer, 2 teaspoons of crushed root pour 250 ml of boiling water in a thermos and, occasionally shaking, insist for 5 hours. The finished medicine is filtered and taken hot.
An effective remedy for colitis is powder on wine. For its preparation, the roots are crushed into a powdery mass, after which 25 g of the obtained raw material is poured 2.5 liters of red dry wine and stewed at a very weak boil for 10 minutes. Ready broth insist to cool and strain off. It should be taken 4 times a day for a quarter cup.
An alcoholic tincture of a snake's mountaineer is prepared as follows: 100 g of medicinal raw materials are poured with 0.5 l of alcohol (70%) and, occasionally shaking, insist in a cool, darkened place for 15 days. The finished tincture is filtered and taken 2-3 times a day before meals, 30-40 drops.
For pharyngitis, tonsillitis, gingivitis and stomatitis, 4 spoons of crushed roots are poured with a glass of boiling water and left for 20 minutes. This water infusion of the snake mountaineer is used in the form of heat to rinse the throat and mouth. The multiplicity of procedures - 3-6 times a day.