, brushes, combs,
For many centuries, humanity
used the prongs of this
for carded wool. Hence it is his name. Although at present this task is accomplished by mechanical means, the
still offering its good services as
in fresh soil and clay of
and southern Europe. It grows well in much of the
plant of the
of Dipsacáceas, which reaches up to
couple of meters high. The stem
, formed by the union of many florecitas, are colored
or pink; barbed ends in about 6 to 10 cms. in length.
Properties and indications:
the whole plant, and especially its root, contains
, salicylic acid and
salts. This explains its medicinal properties: diuretic (increases the production of urine) and
The root of
good depurative of blood. Its effects are mild
persistent, and may be taken in any amount, because the body tolerates very well. It is particularly useful in the following cases:
Excess fluid in the tissues:
dropsy, or edema from any cause.
Excess uric acid (arthritism) It favors the elimination of uric acid and other substances in the waste circulating in the blood.
, eczema and rashes enhances the production of sweat, and thus the elimination of substances that irritate the skin.
decoction with 40 - 50 grams of pulverized root in 2 liters of water. Boil until the
is reduced by half. Filter and sweetened with honey. Are drunk several cups
day. The treatment should last several months.