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Horsetail from Solaray
Horsetail is well known for its mineral content, specifically silica, which is
concentrated in the shoots of the plant. Horsetail is widely distributed throughout
the temperate climate zones of the Northern Hemisphere, including Asia, North
America, and Europe. Horsetail is a unique plant with two distinctive types
of stems. One variety of stem grows early in spring and looks like asparagus,
except for its brown color and the spore-containing cones on top. The mature
form of the herb, appearing in summer, has branched, thin, green, sterile stems
and looks like a feathery tail.
Taditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies): Since recommended
by the Roman physician Galen, several cultures have used horsetail as a folk
remedy for kidney and bladder troubles, arthritis, bleeding ulcers, and tuberculosis.
Additionally, the topical use of horsetail is said to stop the bleeding of wounds
and promote rapid healing. The use of this herb as an abrasive cleanser to scour
pots or shave wood illustrates the origin of horsetail’s common names—scouring
rush and shave grass.
Active constituents: Horsetail is rich in silicic acid and silicates, which provide approximately 2–3% elemental silicon. Potassium, aluminum, and manganese along with fifteen different types of bioflavonoids are also found in the herb. The presence of these bioflavonoids is believed to cause the diuretic action, while the silicon content is said to exert a connective tissue strengthening and antiarthritic action.3 Some experts have suggested that the element silicon is a vital component for bone and cartilage formation.4 This would indicate that horsetail may be beneficial in preventing osteoporosis. Anecdotal reports suggest that horsetail may be of some use in the treatment of brittle nails.
Directions for Use:As a dietary supplement, take 2 or 3 capsules two times a day with meals or a glass of water.