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a perennial herb known as a pteridophyte, found throughout the world.
uses It is likely unsafe and should not be used for any purpose. It is used as a diuretic, a genitourinary astringent, and an antihemorrhagic. It is also used for Bell's palsy and for healing broken bones. There are no studies confirming its efficacy.
contraindications People ignoring personal safety concerns should be aware that it should not be used during pregnancy and lactation or in children. It is also contraindicated in those with known hypersensitivity, edema, cardiac or renal disease, or nicotine sensitivity. It should not be used for prolonged periods of time.
A branching shoot that contains alkaloids, flavonoids, minerals, saponins, silica, and tannins; it is antimicrobial, astringent, diuretic, and hemostatic, and has been used topically for cuts and internally to treat anemia, atherosclerosis, bedwetting, brittle nails and hair, fatigue, fractures, gastric ulcers, kidney stones, prostatitis, respiratory infections—e.g., tuberculosis—urinary tract infections, rheumatic complaints, and other conditions


(Equisetum arvense) An herbal remedy purported to have value in wound healing and other internal uses; serious adverse reactions have been reported after its use.




n Latin name:
Equisetum arvense; part used: stems (dried); uses: anticancer, diuretic, gout, kidney stones; strengthens bones, teeth, hair, and nails; precautions: patients with heart disease, kidney disease, nicotine sensitivity, or nicotine toxicity. Also called
bottle brush, corn horsetail, dutch rushes, horse willow, horsetail grass, paddock pipes, pewterwort, scouring rush, shave grass, or