Maned Karagana

(camel tail)


Shrub with thick branches densely dotted with thin prickly petioles with longish needles (up to 5 cm). Leaves are pinnate with 4-6 pairs of linear leaves, folded along the midrib. Leaves and shoots are covered with longish hairs. The flowers are large, white or cream, located in the axils of the leaves. The fruits are hairy beans.

Distributed in Central and Eastern Siberia. It grows along the banks of rivers and streams in the alpine and subalpine zones, on rocky slopes, in the mountain forest zone, often forms extensive thickets.

The medicinal raw material is the aerial part of the plant, which is harvested throughout the year, but spring harvest raw materials are considered more effective.

The aerial part of the shrub is used by folk medicine in Eastern Siberia for all kinds of inflammatory diseases. The decoction is drunk for colds, gastrointestinal diseases, rheumatism, inflammatory processes of the female genital area, gargle with sore throat, mouth – with gum disease. Outwardly, the decoction is used for lotions and douches of skin rashes and purulent wounds, not often combining dousing with ingestion of the decoction.


Infusion: 1-20 g of raw materials per 200 ml of boiling water, insist in a water bath for 20-30 minutes or make vodka tinctures.

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