Medicinal plants
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Guarana and its curative properties

Large leaves stacked into bundles. Shoots of the plant are dark, jagged, and oval shapes. Reach 10 meters long, which the plant collection is complicated. Short cuttings formed buds. The flowers are fragrant, white.

The fruit size can be compared with grapes or fruit of the coffee tree. The fruit is yellow, the upper part of vermilion (box). The fruits of guarana rind covers dense. When the fruit is ripe, exposing the black seed oval shape when the skin bursts. Inside the fruit 1 or 2 seed.

In Portugal the fruit is called “guaraná”. In the language of the Indians maue it means “the fruit form the human eye”. The plant was opened by K. Pauli in the 17th century.

Habitat

Guarana grows wild in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Brazil. In South America it is grown.

The use and medicinal properties

Medicinally used plant seeds. In the seeds there is a large amount of caffeine. The seeds also have vitamins a, b, E, xantinove alkaloids, polyphenols. In addition, there is guaranine, whose properties are very similar to the effects of caffeine on humans. Continue reading

Lechleri Croton (Croton lechleri)

Lechleri Croton (Croton lechleri) is the representative plant of the family Euphorbiaceae, comprising about 1200 species, native to the Amazon basin. “Dragon’s blood” is the name of a wood extract of Croton lechleri — dark krasnoshchel resin. “Dragon’s blood” used by the Indians of Central and South America in folk medicine for many centuries and is considered one of the most potent natural medicines on all occasions. In folk medicine it is believed that the resin has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory effects that can stop bleeding and accelerate wound healing, stop diarrhea and much more.

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Alternative and non-traditional medicine

In an era of technological advances and great scientific discoveries alternative medicine not only has not lost its popularity, but also received a new breath. Modern technology combined with centuries of experience and a wealth of knowledge opened wide horizons. More and more people resort to its methods and means in the treatment and prevention of various diseases. The effectiveness of nontraditional methods of treatment proves already the fact that they are in demand for the past several millennia. The main advantage of alternative medicine is, first of all, the use of natural components, harmless and safe for health. Alternative methods can be combined with traditional treatment, increasing its effectiveness. In particular, their use is indicated in acute disease and in cases that require quick and competent medical care.

Alternative medicine helps strengthen the body, reduce symptoms of chronic diseases, prevent the development of diseases, complications and exacerbations. The best means to promote health and prevention of various diseases are an herbal remedies. There is a force of Nature. Medicinal plants entering into the composition of herbal remedies, facilitate the integration of internal resources, inherent in every human body. Continue reading

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