VASILISTNIK SMALL (small duster)

Perennial herbaceous plant with creeping grayish rhizome, bare stem, 50-150 cm tall.

The leaves are thrice-four-pinnate with round brushes, obtuse in front, within 1 cm in length and width. Inflorescences -spreading rare panicle: flowers are small, drooping, leaves within the flower bed are greenish-reddish, with 10-15 overhanging stamens, equipped with pointed ends; fruitlets – ribbed achenes. Blooms in June-July.

Grows in water meadows, in thickets of bushes. It grows in large numbers in the Minsk and Gomel regions, where it forms significant thickets.

Medicinal raw material is the whole plant to the root, collected during flowering. It contains cyaloglycoside, flavone substances, vitamin C.

Infusion and decoction of the roots are used orally for jaundice, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, malaria, tuberculosis, epilepsy, headaches, female diseases accompanied by uterine bleeding, inflammation of the appendages, metabolic disorders, venereal ulcers, with poor eyesight . In the people, fresh leaves are used for the bite of snakes and rabid dogs: they are applied to wounds.

Outwardly, a decoction of the leaves is used for washing with skin rashes, ulcers, skin cancer. A decoction and infusion of the roots are used as poultices for rheumatic and joint pains.

The herb contains phytoncides (there are more of them in the leaves) and has a bactericidal effect on gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. In the form of essential extracts, it is used in surgical practice. In folk medicine, it is used for gastrointestinal diseases, jaundice, malaria, epilepsy, and skin diseases.

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