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Other Names:

Lloraga, susell, Pie de Gallina, quinquefolia, Black Root.

This humble plant, like all Rosaceae, has beautiful flowers and excellent medicinal properties. The ranchers have traditionally been used to increase milk production from goats, and to combat hematuria (blood.

in the urine) in cattle. The animals consumed as forage, and like the humans, helps them cut diarrhea and gastroenteritis. Both the European species such as the American composition and properties are virtually identical. Other plants of the genus Potentilla are Argentine and tormentilla.

Habitat: Common in moist meadows and roadsides, in both Europe and North America.

Description: This is a creeping plant, up to one meter in height, the family of the Rosaceae, which is characterized by its leaves divided into 5 leaflets. The flowers are yellow, and also have 5 petals. Used parts: the rhizomes (underground stems) and root.

Used Part.

The roots, rhizomes and leaves.

Active Principles.

Abundant tannins Catechists (20 - 25%) polienoles, traces of essential oil.

Drug Action.

Astringent (antidiarrheal, local hemostatic, healing) antiseptic, anti - inflammatory. Popularly used as an astringent, and hypotensive hipoviscosizante plasma (for "lower the blood")

Properties and indications: the rhizome and root of the cincoenrama contains various carbohydrates, especially tannins of the group of catechins, which give it its astringent properties, hemostatic, antiseptic and healing. Decreases the secretion of mucous membranes, especially the digestive system and genitals, while the desinflamar and heal. It is therefore very beneficial in the following cases:

Infectious diarrhea and gastroenteritis, especially when accompanied by disbacteriosis (alteration of the intestinal microbial flora) Ideal plant to combat diarrhea summer due to contamination of water or food. For its implementation to take effect, should be suspended food intake as long as diarrhea, limiting himself to take only liquids.

Vomiting due to indigestion or gastritis.

Leucorrhea (abnormal vaginal discharge) due to inflammation of the vagina or cervix. It applies in vaginal irrigations, with a special cannula.

Haematuria (blood in urine) or hemoptysis (blood in the sputum) In such cases it is a mandatory clinical evaluation and a preliminary diagnosis. Please note that the emergence of a few drops of blood in any body's secretion may be due, among other causes, to a serious illness.

Inflammation bucofaríngeas: pharyngitis, tonsillitis, thrush (sore) mouth, pyorrhea, and in general, any kind of inflammation of the lining of the mouth and throat. In these cases applies in the form of mouthwash or gargarismos.

Furúnculos and shins: the decoction of the root is applied in the form of hot compresses on the affected area, which is renewed every 2 - 3 hours. Facilitates their maturation and elimination of waste substances that may contain. It can also be applied in the form of lotion, skin often soaked with liquid decoction.

Frostbites: towels with decoction of the roots of cincoenrama, or hand (baths hands) are effective against frostbites and other circulatory disorders of the skin tissues.

Use: decoction with 50 grams. rhizome and roots of fresh or dried, per liter of water, boil for 15 minutes and filter; takes 4 to 6 cups a day until the diarrhea.

For external use, vaginal irrigations with the same decoction for internal use that very well filtered. Mouthwashes or gargarismos with this decoction. Towels, lotions, bath and washed with the liquid decoction, which are applied on the skin affected.


Gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcer: tannins can irritate the gastric mucosa.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Decoction: 30 g / l, boil 10 minutes. Three or four cups a day.

Dust: 2 to 4 g / day, in capsules.

External use:

Decoction: 50 g / l, boil 10 minutes. Apply in the form of lotions, towels, mouthwash, gargarismos, instillations, eye drops or eye baths (isotonizar) or irrigations.


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