Chickweed To Relieve
Chickweed is so named because it is a popular food among birds. It is also eaten as a vegetable in many countries. It goes by other names, such as “Adder’s mouth”, “Satin flower”, Stitchwort, Tongue-grass, Winter-weed, and Passerina. It has slender tap root that grows into several brittle branches with oval leaves and small white star-shaped flowers.
Thus, it is also called starweed. Among scientists, it is called “Stellaria media”. It is a creeping weed that can be found abundant around the world.
All the upper portion (that is, above ground) of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Leaves, stems, and flowers are known to have healing properties. It is not as popular or as well-accepted as other natural treatment for hemorrhoids, but it has been used to treat gout, tuberculosis, some blood disorders, skin diseases, and stiffness of the joints.
The chemical components of chickweed plant parts include saponins, triterpene,
mucilage, hentiacontanol, phytosterols, tocopherols, minerals, flavonoids
such as apigenin C-glycosides and rutin, organic acids such as carboxylic
acids, and surprisingly, Vitamin C.
The plant parts are shredded, boiled with water, and made into a tea or a tonic juice.
It is then drunk as homeopathic treatment to relieve rheumatism and chest infections. The plant parts can also be applied topically or as an additive to your bath. Its external benefits include the diminishing of eye inflammations, the soothing of wounds and burns, and the treating of psoriasis, and eczema.
Psoriasis is the characterized by lesions of the skin while eczema is identified by itching and skin redness. Sometimes, lesions occur. Chickweed extracts are also known to address problems such as varicose veins, abscesses, and allergies. Thus, chickweed is believed to shrivel the hemorrhoidal tissues.
Since it has superior therapeutic and healing action on burns and wounds, and since it has excellent anti-itching properties, most probably due to its saponins, the chickweed has become a main component in many hemorrhoid creams and ointments.
So far, there are no known side effects or harmful drug interactions associated with the use of chickweed. There are also no known adverse effects on pregnancy and on breastfeeding. And there have been no documented cases of overdose of chickweed.
Nevertheless, it is a powerful medicinal herb, with potent chemical components, and so caution should be exercised in using chickweed. The dearth in the knowledge of side effects and possible toxicity of chickweed may be due to too few experiments conducted on it.
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