Cowberry (Latin name – Vaccínium vítis-idaéa) is an evergreen plant, shrub that belongs to the family of cowberry (or heath).
The stem has a bright green color, is elongated.
Distributed in coniferous and deciduous forests, found in shrubs or marshes.
Its bright red berries are familiar to the inhabitants of our homeland from time immemorial. And from time immemorial this plant has been used for medicinal purposes, with both berries and leaves in use.
Among the useful medicinal properties of berries cranberries distinguish the following:
- an excellent diuretic;
- application – urolithiasis;
- gout and any diseases that require cleansing the body;
- hemostatic (especially with uterine bleeding);
- expectorant for bronchitis;
Cowberry is also used as a medicine for cystitis, urethritis and even for colds.
A plant that increases appetite and improves digestion.
Berries, a concentrate of cowberry juice are often used for beriberi, with hypertension, as well as cowberry has useful properties for people with kidney disease.
Application of leaves of cowberries
Indications for the use of leaves of this plant are as follows:
- The gouty decoction, consumed inside, promotes the excretion of stones;
The way of preparation is simple:
a teaspoon of leaves is brewed into two glasses of water and boiled 8-10 minutes.
Dosage for an adult is half a glass 2-4 once a day.
It is accepted for one to six months.
Particularly useful will be cowberry tea to children who suffer from urinary incontinence: the decoction acts as a diuretic and thus contributes to a cure.
brew a mixture of berries and leaves of cowberry with leaves of St. John's wort on three glasses of water, drink three glasses a day (from the afternoon to sleep).
A few more recipes with leaves of cranberries:
- cranberry tincture – 1 tbsp. a glass of boiled water, insist – 1 an hour, drink half a glass of 2-4 times a day before eating;
- when treating urolithiasis, one cup of berries a day is used or dried leaves are cooked;
- another version of cranberry tea: pour dried leaves with boiling water and insist until 15 minutes, adding sugar; proportions – tbsp. leaves, 1 liter of water, tbsp. Sahara.
It should be noted that cowberry leaves today are more popular than berries.
The reason for this – unpretentiousness, longer shelf life.
In addition, the spectrum of leaf action is much wider than that of berries.
Therefore, cranberries – and especially its dried leaves – are now more than an accessible medicinal plant.
Application of cranberry shoots, kidneys
From cowberry buds and shoots, they also prepare healing infusions.
The decoction is used in case of cancer diseases: it does not help treatment, however it improves the general condition of the patient.
Fresh shoots are used for food in a clean, fresh form and have tonic, analgesic and all the same antidepressant properties.
Benefits for pregnant women
Cowberry juice will benefit pregnant women suffering from neuroses or anemia.
In general, the best food product for a pregnant woman, rather than cowberry, is simply not found, especially in the winter season.
For pregnant women, this plant is suitable for use as a hypoallergenic agent.
And vitamins B and E, in a huge amount contained in the juice of berries, help to strengthen the muscles, which, undoubtedly, is important in childbirth.
Contained in the plant, calcium contributes to the development of the skeleton of the future child.
Vitamin P removes puffiness and normalizes the pressure in the body.
Cowberry also saturates the body of the future mother and her fetus with iron, manganese, and potassium.
As you can see, the use of cranberries for a pregnant woman leaves no doubt.
Contraindications for use
Despite a number of useful healing properties, which the plant possesses, there are also contraindications to it.
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For example, the use of plants is highly undesirable for hypotonic cranberries rather quickly reduces the pressure in the arteries.
In addition, the use of cranberries is contraindicated in people with cholecystitis, as well as those who have a hypersensitive nervous system.
Among other contraindications – gastritis, stomach ulcer.
And considering that cranberries act as a thinning, it should in no case be taken by those who have recently performed the operation
or if there is a risk of internal bleeding.
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