The origin of this plant is still fanned with mythical secrets. In ancient times, people believed that astragalus woolen-flowered is a gift of the gods, which has amazing properties. Astragalus is actually an amazing herb. It grows in places where there is a little gold in the soil, and this precious element in microdoses is also concentrated in the plant. At one time, alchemists even hoped that astragalus would help them find the magic philosopher's stone. But this is not all the amazing facts about astragalus woolen-flowered.
Interesting facts from history
This plant was known to the Scythians. They called it the grass of immortality or royal. The Scythians regularly consumed potato astragalus potato boiled in mare's milk. In particular, it was the main product for all men of the royal family, who reached the age of 45. But women were forbidden such a potion. And not because it harmed their health, but as researchers believe, women were considered unworthy of the royal grass in those days.
Goths and Greeks also believed that infusions of astragalus woolly flowered give a long life, protect from senile impotence. A place of honor was given to the astragalus in the herbalist Ivan the Terrible. In Russia, royal grass was also considered a plant from any ailment. In the twentieth century, it was not customary to speak about the superpower of astragalus in a voice, and according to some reports, this plant was regularly used by Hitler, Stalin and Andropov.
The generic name "astragalus" today designates more than two thousand plants common in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of them grow in Central Asia, the Crimea and the Caucasus. Astragalus includes shrubs, shrubs, herbaceous one and perennial plants. But they are all recognized by the complex, pinnate leaves and flowers in the axillary brushes, collected in inflorescences, umbrellas, spikelets or heads. But only one representative of this large family has powerful healing abilities - astragalus woolly flowering, belonging to the legume family. In the people, this plant is known as cat peas or astragalus fluffy. Although botanists say that fluffy and fluffy are two different astragalus.
Woolly astragalus is recognizable by the reddish gun covering the ground part of the plant. This perennial grass grows to half a meter. Its stems are covered with complex pinnate leaves. Another defining feature is the inflorescence. In this astragalus, it is a capitate brush of 10-20 yellow moth flowers. Cat pea blooms in late spring - early summer. Fruits in small beans (about 1 cm in length) - hairy, ovoid or oval, which appear on the stems in July-September.
This type of astragalus is common in the Black Sea, Dnieper, in the Volga-Don basin. It can be seen in the territory of abandoned cemeteries, in mounds, some glades. Astragalus woolly-flowered tolerates different weather conditions, but does not take root in grazing areas.
Useful chemical composition of grass
As part of astragalus woolly flowering scientists discovered reserves of vitamins A, B, E and C, many amino acids, essential oils, coumarins, tannins, flavonoids and glycosides. The plant presents a variety of micro and macro elements, including calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron, magnesium, cobalt, zinc, copper, manganese, molybdenum, chromium and selenium. Gum of this plant is also useful. In addition to many trace elements, organic acids and flavonoids, it contains many other useful chemical compounds. The complex effect of these beneficial components is surprisingly beneficial for the human body.
What is Astragalus useful for?
The combination of useful components gives this plant a variety of pharmacological properties.
Numerous studies have shown that astragalus is an extremely useful plant for blood vessels and the heart. It prevents atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, improves the functionality of nerve endings and the brain. Recent statements by European scientists convince us that Astragalus vulgiflorum is very effective in treating Alzheimer's disease. Grass positively affects the digestive system, liver, kidneys, improves reproductive abilities and metabolism. And traditional healers use this herb to treat cancer.
Astragalus flowery has a hypotensive and calming effect, it dilates the coronary vessels, promotes cerebral circulation and proper blood coagulation. Due to the rich presence of vitamin E and selenium, the herb extract is beneficial for muscles, especially with varying degrees of dystrophy.
In traditional and alternative medicine, astragalus woolly is used:
- for the treatment of cardiological diseases;
- treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system;
- with anemia;
- with thyroid dysfunction;
- for the treatment of liver diseases;
- to improve the pancreas;
- with nephrological disorders;
- to strengthen blood vessels;
- with diabetes;
- with bronchial asthma;
- for the rapid treatment of respiratory diseases;
- with eczema and psoriasis;
- to strengthen immunity;
- with hyperactivity in children;
- for the treatment of chronic fatigue.
Interestingly, laboratory experiments have confirmed the theory of the Scythians that astragalus woolen flowering protects from old age. It turned out that the plant extract really slows down the aging process in the body, and in some cases even starts the rejuvenation program.
The benefits of astragalus water
Astragalus water is an aqueous infusion of plant leaves. This miracle remedy is being prepared in the evening: pour 5 fresh leaves with a glass of boiling water and cover the vessel. By morning, the remedy is ready. It is believed that this infusion will relieve depression, relieve the effects of stress, cure diarrhea and ease menstrual pain. For babies, such a remedy, they say, is also useful as a cure for intestinal colic. However, astragalus water will also help adults get rid of flatulence.
Astragalus in folk medicine
In ancient times, feline peas saved people from many sores, in particular, almost all heart diseases were treated with this herb.
With hypertension, an infusion of a tablespoon of astragalus and a glass of boiling water is useful. The medicine is insisted on warm for an hour and a half. Then for 10 days take 2 tbsp. l three times a day (before meals).
With angina pectoris and tachycardia, an infusion of a tablespoon of grass and 350 ml of boiling water is useful. The product is aged for 40 minutes, and then they drink half a glass three times a day (30 minutes before meals).
People who survived a heart attack, astragalus woolly flowering is also useful. For such patients, an infusion of 7 tbsp. Is prepared. l dried grass and 2 liters of water. Boil tea on low heat and leave to infuse for an hour. Add about 200 g of honey to the filtered drink. The treatment lasts 14 days. During this time, drink half a glass of tea daily three times a day.
Another remedy for strengthening the heart muscle after a heart attack is wine-astragalus tincture. 50 g of dry grass are taken per liter of dry white wine, insisted for 3 weeks (shake the vessel every few days). Take also 14 days, three times a day, 1 tablespoon before a meal.
With atherosclerosis, alcoholic tincture of astragalus is useful (prepared from 1 part herb and 3 parts 70 percent alcohol). Take the medicine three times a day, 30 drops. The course is 10 days, then a 14 day break, and repeat.
A decoction of a tablespoon of grass, a glass of boiling water and a tablespoon of honey will help improve blood circulation in the cells of the brain.
Compresses from alcohol extract of astragalus woolly flowering will facilitate the manifestations of rheumatism and polyarthritis (fill the jar half with dry grass and add alcohol to the top, insist 21 days in the dark). This tool can also be used for grinding or drinking a teaspoon three times a day.
With gastritis, ulcers of the stomach or duodenum, it is also good to drink Astragalus decoction, it is possible with honey. And with liver diseases, it is useful to take half a teaspoon of dry, powdered astragalus (it is advisable not to drink it with water). In this way, you can improve the condition of the liver within 45 days.
For the kidneys, a decoction of 10 g of dry grass and a glass of water, which is consumed in a tablespoon, is useful. A tablespoon of astragalus, infused (within 10 hours) in a thermos, will help get rid of edema (drink 2 small sips every 2 hours).
For people with diabetes, astragalus is useful in the form of water infusions (1 tablespoon per 250 ml of boiling water). The regular use of such a natural medicine in the initial stages of the disease can stop its progression.
Infusions and decoctions of this medicinal plant are also useful for bronchitis, tonsillitis, gynecological diseases, infertility, disorders of the nervous system, as well as for people of old age (remember, Scythian kings regularly drank astragalus infusions after 45 years).
In addition, rinsing with a decoction of the grass will reduce toothache and is useful for the treatment of gingivitis, periodontitis, stomatitis. To heal wounds and burns, traditional healers use astragalus broth mixed with petroleum jelly or butter. The resulting ointment is applied to wounds, ulcers, abrasions. A water infusion is good to lubricate or water burns.
Natural preparations from Astragalus wooly are prescribed to people after chemotherapy. It is scientifically proven that a decoction of 1 tablespoon of grass and a glass of water significantly improves overall well-being, strengthens the immune system.
How to grow yourself
Astragalus woolen flowering in the Soviet Union was listed in the Red Book. But this does not matter, since this healing plant can be grown independently. Experts advise to take under the astragalus a solar bed, not shaded by trees, but it is important to regularly water the plant. Cat peas are not very demanding on soil quality, although they feel better on chernozems. It is necessary to sow grass at the end of March about 3 cm in depth, observing the width between rows of 45 cm. The first seedlings appear 2-3 weeks after sowing. By the way, dead and rotted stems of the plant fertilize the soil well with nitrogen, increasing its quality.
How to procure medicinal raw materials
Most nutrients are found in grass collected in late spring or June (no fruits have yet formed). It is advised to collect grass in dry weather, cutting off with a sharp knife or sickle. It is important not to completely cut off all the stems, but to leave several plants for seeds. Dried in a warm place, but not in direct sunlight. A well-ventilated attic is ideal for drying.
Many do not even know about the existence of the royal grass, which the Scythians saved from old age, and our great-grandmothers treated almost all diseases. But in recent years, interest in this plant has noticeably revived. Perhaps the former glory of astragalus woolly-flowered will resume?