A swamp wolf’s body is a bog saber

(Rosaceae); boletus sablenik


The marsh wolf’s body, as its name suggests, can often be seen in swamps and wet places throughout the forest zone of Russia and Ukraine. Sometimes the plant enters the forest-steppe and steppe zones, then it grows along the banks of water bodies.

It is a herbaceous perennial with a long, creeping, branched rhizome. The stem is ascending, pubescent with short hairs, 30-70 cm high. The leaves are alternate: the lower ones are odd-pinnate, with 2-3 pairs of lateral leaves, the upper ones are tripartite. The leaves are oblong, saw-toothed, sessile, dark green above, grayish below. The flowers are regular, bisexual, five-petalled, dark red, gathered at the end of the stem in a shield-like inflorescence. They bloom in May-July. The fruit is a collective achene.

Marsh wolf’s body is used only in folk medicine. Everyone uses it

plant parts The rhizomes are dug up in the fall or in the spring, cleaned of soil and stem residues, quickly washed in cold running water and dried in the open air. The aerial part is collected during the flowering period, dried in the air under shelter. Store the received raw materials in a dry place.

All parts of the plant contain tannins. In addition, the herb contains flavonoids, organic substances, resins, essential oil and dye.

Preparations from the rhizomes of the marsh wolf’s body soothe pain, relieve fever, and have hemostatic and astringent effects. It is recommended to use them for rheumatism and bleeding of various origins, to improve digestion in case of gastrointestinal disorders. A decoction of the whole plant (rhizomes and herbs) is prescribed for acute toothache, bleeding gums, tonsillitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, uterine bleeding and metabolic disorders. Warm compresses from the decoction and lotions from the herb heal wounds and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Fresh crushed grass is applied to purulent wounds, tumors and hemorrhoidal nodes to dissolve them.

The plant has not only medicinal properties, it is also a good honey plant. The nectar secreted by one flower of the wolf’s body contains an average of 6.35 mg of sugar, the total honey productivity of 1 hectare of thickets is 200 kg.

Decoction of rhizomes or grass. 20 g of crushed raw materials per 200 ml of boiling water. Insist for 1-2 hours, filter. The entire dose is drunk during the day in small sips.

Compresses from grass. 2-3 tablespoons of dry raw materials are poured with a small amount of boiling water, wrapped in gauze, cooled a little and applied to the affected areas.

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