HIGHLANDER SNAKE (cancerous necks, serpentine)
Perennial herbaceous plant up to 1 m high. Rhizome woody, thick, worm-like curved, with numerous thin adventitious roots. Stems erect, glabrous, unbranched, 1-2 in number. Leaves alternate, oblong-lanceolate; basal and lower stem ones are petiolate; in the upper ones, the petiole fuses with stipules into a membranous tube. The flowers are pink, rarely white, in apical racemes. The fruit is a trihedral smooth nutlet, dark brown.
Grows everywhere. Usually found in wet meadows, shrubs, clearings, in the floodplains of small rivers.
Medicinal raw material is a rhizome with roots dug in autumn or early spring; washed off the ground with cold water, cut into pieces and dried in an oven or dryer.
The finished raw material is a dark brown rhizome 5-10 cm long with a pink break, odorless, astringent taste. Storage period 2 years.
The rhizomes of the knotweed snake contain tannins (up to 25%), free gallic and elapic acids, vitamin C, provitamin A, coloring matter.
The serpentine rhizome is used as an astringent and anti-inflammatory agent orally as an extract or decoction (1:10). Assign for colitis, enteritis, uterine, gastrointestinal bleeding.
Outwardly – with stomatitis, gingivitis, for the treatment of bleeding wounds or ulcers in the form of rinses and lotions.
In folk medicine, products from this plant (rhizomes with roots) are taken internally for diseases of the bladder and gallstone disease, bleeding from internal organs (gastric or duodenal ulcer), diseases caused by weight lifting, cancer, women’s diseases, palpitations, nervous disorders as a diuretic and regulating the functional activity of the gastrointestinal tract remedy for diarrhea, dysentery. Outwardly – with chopped wounds (wounds are sprinkled with powder), all bleeding, boils, boils, chronic wounds, ulcers, inflammation of the gums, douching with colpitis.
Inside, rhizomes infused with vodka are used, but it is better to take the highlander in the form of infusions on water of a powder or extract.
With stones of the gallbladder and bladder, they drink a decoction: 20 g of cancerous necks per 1 liter of water. Boil 20 minutes. Take 1 – 1.5 cups every day. At the same time, they follow a diet with restriction of meat, fish and spicy foods.
With bloody diarrhea, the powder is mixed with honey and made into pills weighing 0.5-1 g, which are taken three times every day. You can use just a powder, with all this it must be washed down with water.
For rinsing, douching, enemas or lotions, a decoction is used: 20 g of raw materials per 200 ml of water (old wounds, ulcers, boils, colpitis).
For other diseases, a decoction of 10 g of raw materials per 200 ml of water is used; take half a glass 3 times every day.