Horsetail is an herb whose medicinal properties have been known for many years. It is believed that ancient Greeks used this plant to heal wounds and ancient Chinese used it to combat fever. It is even believed that close relatives of the horsetail plant existed as many as 270 million years ago. Nowadays, herbalists are looking at horsetail as a remedy for a variety of different ailments, hemorrhoids included.
Horsetail plant contains alkaloids, and also minerals such as manganese, magnesium and potassium. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory, an astringent, a diuretic and a tissue healer. Because of these properties, horsetail is often used in hemorrhoids remedies.
Uses for Horsetail
Different parts of the horsetail plant are used as remedies for different conditions. The aerial parts of the plant are where the astringent is located. The stems of the plant can be used to stop bleeding, particular nosebleeds and heavy menstrual periods. It is because of this property that horsetail is often used in treatments for bleeding hemroids.
Horsetail is also used as a remedy for many other conditions. It can be used to treat infections and inflammations in the eyes such as corneal disorders and conjunctivitis.
Horsetail is also useful in treating disorders of the urinary system. It can fight urinary tract infections and prostate disorders. It can even help control bed-wetting.
Skin disorders such as acne and eczema can be treated with horsetail, as can certain lung disorders.
Horsetail as a Hemorrhoids Treatment
The astringent and anti-inflammatory properties of horsetail make it an effective treatment for hemroids. As an astringent, it can help to shrink hemorrhoidal tissue and provide cooling relief. As an anti-inflammatory, it can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of swollen hemorrhoidal tissue.
To treat internal hemroids, horsetail can be taken as a tincture in a dosage of 2 tablespoons repeated 3 times a day. Horsetail can also be made into a tea for hemroids treatment.
To make horsetail tea for a hemorrhoids treatment, boil 2 to 4 teaspoons of the herb in one cup of water for about five minutes, then let the mixture steep for another 10 minutes before straining it to drink. The resulting tea can be taken internally or used to create compresses which can be applied directly to your hemorrhoids. If drunk, the tea should be taken at least twice daily to treat hemroids.
Caution should be taken when using the horsetail plant as a hemroids remedy, as there is a variety of the plant which can be toxic. The unsafe variety of the plant is called Equisetum palustre, and it is known as a livestock poison.