Zopnik tuberous



A perennial herbaceous plant from the family Lamiaceae with longish roots ending in tuberous thickenings. The stem is branched, tetrahedral, violet-purple, up to 120 cm tall. The leaves are triangular-heart-shaped, the lower ones are large, on petioles, the upper ones are small, sessile. The flowers are white-pink fluffy, two-lipped, collected in dense whorls. Blooms in June-August.

Medicinal raw materials are grass and edible root tubers. Grass is harvested during flowering, tubers – in the fall.

The plant contains alkaloids, essential oil and tannins, vitamin C is found in the leaves.

In clinical medicine, a similar species has been studied – prickly prickly. Studies have confirmed the effectiveness of zopnik in chronic gastritis.

Patients received a decoction of 2-4 tablespoons of grass in 2 glasses of water, half a glass 3 times every day 30-40 minutes before meals for 2 months. In the vast majority of patients suffering from hyperacid gastritis, a decrease in the acidity of gastric juice occurred, heartburn and pain disappeared, and in patients with secretory insufficiency, an increase in acidity was noted.

In folk medicine, the roots and the aerial part of zopnik are widely used as a gastric, choleretic, anti-inflammatory and sedative. It is recommended for gastritis, peptic ulcer, diarrhea, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, cough, cholecystitis, jaundice, fever, malaria, hemorrhoids, women’s diseases, hernia.

For young children, an infusion of herbs is given to drink with convulsions, headaches.

A decoction of tubers is taken for bloody diarrhea, hemorrhoids. Tuber powder or freshly crushed leaves and roots are sprinkled (applied) to wounds, which speeds up their healing. Pieces of the root or powder are placed on the aching tooth.


Herbal infusion: 1 tbsp. pour a spoonful of raw materials with a glass of boiling water and insist 4 hours, take 1-2 tbsp. spoons, in some cases 1/2 cup 30 minutes before meals 3 times every day. Tubers can be used in food in baked and boiled form.

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