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The Astrantia belongs to the family of Umbelliferae, which includes a large number of species, all of them easily distinguishable because it has a characteristic inflorescence in the form of inverted umbrellas. Formerly, this group of plants called the aparasoladas. It is a perennial herb with leaves that are held through long corner. The woody rhizomes black and gives rise to an upright stem, shortly branched, topped by umbels of white flowers. One grows in meadows of virtually all the Pyrenees, greatly enjoy the water and wetlands. Grows spontaneously throughout Europe.

The plant blooms in June, maturing fruit in summer and early fall. For therapeutic use are collected primarily rhizomes, although the stems are also interesting piece of paper. The rhizome is harvested in late summer, is cleaned thoroughly and remove the green parts and radical hair, then left to dry in the shade. Stems should be collected by hand, in full flowering season and sunny weather.

The composition of the Astrantia biggest unknown is full. It is known that dismisses the aromatic smell, so you may need an essential oil. The rest is rarely studied, although the plant has been known since antiquity. At the healing powers rizoma him laxatives and purgatives, depending on the dose used. Our forefathers based their entire science experiments as the only way to discover new remedies. In the case of this plant may be found in her laxative effects, so it was quickly included among the medicinal plants of the era, but later, or they found that its effects were not as good, or was replaced by another the many plants provided to us by nature with similar effects. In any case, today this plant is obsolete and practically is not included in any compendium of medicinal plants. In addition, medical science is increasingly convinced of its task of sensitizing people to replace the use of laxatives and purgatives in favor of an increase in the consumption of fiber, as the only way to relieve constipation that leads many evils today day. Indeed, the diet of the end of the century is very low in foods with fiber, which impacts not only on increasing constipation but also of other associated diseases such as obesity, irritable colon, diverticulosis and even colon cancer. The purgatives are given only in certain pathological situations and always under medical supervision. The abuse of those being accustomed to bad gut, which leaves well to function alone in a natural way.

Being a plant little studied, no one knows with certainty how to manage the agency. Perhaps the best way to consume this plant is in the form of infusion from the rhizome, or in powder form. In any case, it is not a grass free of side effects, so it is not recommended for use at least until we know more in depth.

Laxative. Purgative.

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