Origin: Russia, Altai
This is a perennial, winter-green plant, mycotrophic, forming significant curtains. Reproduces, as a rule, vegetatively.
Common winter-loving umbrella on the lands of the temperate zone of the Northern hemisphere. In the Russian expanses, it grows mainly in not rich black soil areas of the European part, in the far East, as well as in the Siberian region. Prefers sandy soil, forest zone (pine or spruce forests).
The main active substances of the plant are: urson (bitterness), arbutin (hydroquinone-glycoside), methyl ether of salicylic acid, tannins.
Preparations prepared on the basis of Wintergreen umbrella, have a pronounced anti-inflammatory and diuretic effect. Raw materials of this herb are used for painful uterine bleeding and diseases of the genitourinary system (for example, cystitis and pyelonephritis, catarrh of the bladder, when the abdomen is lowered: the uterus or kidneys), with edema of various origins, rheumatism, gout, liver diseases, gastrointestinal tract. Fresh crushed leaves of Wintergreen are applied to the wounds, which contributes to their healing.
The medicinal properties of this plant were known to the tribes of North American Indians. The first settlers of America used it as a tonic and astringent, and tea from it-as a diuretic. From the decoction of Umbellate Wintergreen Indians made eye lotions.
In traditional medicine this plant is not used, but it is very popular in folk medicine in the Altai and Siberia.
Tea from Umbellate Wintergreen: 2 tsp of crushed raw material pour ¼ of cold water, leave to infuse for a day (at least 12 hours). Then strain, and heat the infusion. Use tea for acute bladder catarrh in an amount of 0.5 liters per day.
Infusion: 1 tsp. crushed winter herb pour a glass of boiling water, infuse for several hours (up to 4), strain. Take for arthritis, nephritis and other diseases of the urinary system before eating 70 ml three times a day.
Decoction: 1 tbsp. raw Umbellate Wintergreen pour a glass of cold water, put on the fire. Boil over low heat for 5 minutes. Infuse for several hours and strain. Take for gynecological inflammation and bleeding, prostatitis, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract three times a day in the amount of 2 tbsp. l (before meals).
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