Senega Snakeroot - Useful Herb for Constipation
Polygala senega Polygalaceae Also called Rattlesnake root.
The herb is made up of several 20.30cm high stems, rising from a mol that widens into a knotty c rown. Senega snakeroot owes its name to a tribe of Native American Indian the Senecas, who used it to treat snake bites and other poisons. The erect stems bear lance-shaped leaves and spikes of white flowers. The fruit is a papery capsule.
The plant has an abundance of triterpenoid saponins, which are derivatives of presenegin. These are thought to be helpful in expelling phlegm. It also contains methyl salicylate, phenolic acids and lipids.
Because of the properties of its saponins, senega snakeroot is well of known as an expectorant. It is prescribed for coughs and bronchitis and is given as a syrup to children with wet, phlegmy coughs.
Senega snakeroot is also used to, treat mild constipation, and has a diuretic action. It also encourages perspiration. In 1996, Japanese scientists demonstrated that the roots lower blood sugar levels without altering insulin levels. In the same year another Japanese research group found that senega snakeroot lowered the levels of both cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood of normal, cholesterol.fed and hyperlipidemic mice.
This plant is also indicated in the treatment of ailments with an inflammatory component such as eczema, psoriasis, snakebites and sore throats.
Senega snakeroot can be grown from seeds. They should be planted in autumn, in moist, well-drained soil, in either a sunny or lightly shaded location.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT coughs, bronchitis DEcoalON Put 1 teaspoon of dried root into 750ml of water. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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