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Yarrow for Common Cold Treatment
Almost all the plants existing on Earth are said to have been traditionally used by herbalists and healers for hundreds and thousands of years. There is, however, a much smaller number of plants, which are claimed to have been known as powerful medicinal means since the very dawn of the human race. Yarrow is one of those…
Growing wildly in almost any part of the planet yarrow may seem to be an ordinary weed for those who are not acquainted with herbal healing – natural and the oldest way of fighting health disorders. Experienced herbalists, on the other hand, always ranked yarrow among the most potent and valuable medicinal herbs.
Plant extracts, teas, and tinctures were and still are used to promote wound healing, reduce pain and inflammation, and stop bleeding. In fact, there is much information about yarrow effectiveness in the treatment of such conditions as stomach ulcers, amenorrhea, abdominal cramps, kidney disorders, haemorrhages and others. The plant stimulates the flow of bile and improves blood circulation.
At the same time, much fewer people know about yarrow’s potential in fighting colds and flu. The matter is that the plant contains a number of components capable of reducing these diseases’ symptoms. For example, volatile oil of yarrow, rich in sesquiterpene lactones and alkamides, has anti-inflammatory effects. Yarrow essential oil contains chamazulene and prochamazulene, components, which also have anti-inflammatory action and work similarly to camomile oil. Flavonoids found in the plant possess antispasmodic properties.The plant also shows antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
As a matter of fact, this plain plant has strong potential in lessening flu and colds signs, since it reduces muscle pain, eliminates fever, and kills bacteria. Yarrow is especially helpful for the promotion of sweating. It is done by reducing inflammation, making tissues shrink, and increasing blood circulation. As a result, fever is reduced, and overall state of a patient is improved.
However, it is noted that plant extract should be taken at the onset of fever to work effectively as diaphoretic and febrifuge. Yarrow preparations taste bitter, thus they are usually combined with peppermint, echinacea, elder flower, and ginger in OTC flu and colds remedies.
Many herbalists state that this plant may and should be used for influenza and colds elimination. Nevertheless, there are many doctors and scholars, who are not so sure about yarrow effectiveness and benefits in the treatment of these illnesses. Indeed, there seems to be too little official and up-to-date information to support the traditional uses of the plant. Some studies have already been done, but they are not enough to make the final conclusion about yarrow potential and properties.
It should also be noted that the conducted trials gave controversial results: some of them proved the possibility to use yarrow for colds and flu treatment; others reported no influence on the pathogens of the diseases.
It looks like more studies are needed to make a decision whether to use yarrow for colds and influenza, or not. In addition, everyone agrees that this herb is quite strong and can be dangerous if used for a long time or in large amounts. Children and pregnant women should not use it, as well as men who seek to become fathers, since it was found out that yarrow stops the production of sperm in mice.
Hopefully, we will have more information from the scientists on this plant soon.
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