Since ancient times, people have used medicinal plants to restore and maintain health and beauty. Special qualities, as our ancestors believed, possessed aspen bark. The healing properties of this tree were indeed subsequently proven and widely used even now, though mainly in alternative medicine.
Despite the bitter taste, aspen bark attracts forest dwellers very much: elk, hares, deer and other animals. This is due to the fact that the "clothes" of this tree contains a huge amount of useful substances that are necessary for the survival and maintenance of strength and health, especially during the harsh winters. Noticing this, people also began to use aspen bark to increase stamina, to cure many ailments and even for cosmetic purposes.
Aspen bark: medicinal properties and contraindications
The bark of this tree contains a large amount of iron, zinc and copper, carbohydrates, vitamins, essential oils, as well as tannins, glycosides and organic acids. All this makes this plant a good helper in the treatment of many diseases:
- genitourinary system;
- inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity;
- metabolic disorders.
Powerful analgesic, hemostatic and disinfecting properties of aspen bark make it an excellent tool for healing wounds and burns, as well as relieving toothache. In addition, tincture or decoction of this plant successfully rid the body of parasites and their larvae.
Due to the antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effect, aspen bark gives good results in the treatment of viral and catarrhal diseases, as well as pneumonia. It is noteworthy that it was from this plant that aspirin was first created, so that if necessary, aspen bark can replace this medicine.
The astringent properties of the plant well help to cope with dysentery and diarrhea.
For maximum benefit of the plant, the bark should be collected in early spring, before the appearance of buds and foliage. It is at this time that it contains the largest number of valuable substances.
When using aspen bark, it is necessary to remember about the content of tannins in its composition, which can provoke constipation. With prolonged use, intestinal microflora disorders may appear. In addition, sometimes there is an individual intolerance of the plant.
What will help aspen bark with prostatitis?
For the treatment of this disease, aspen bark can be used in the following ways.
- In the form of a decoction. To do this, take 100 g of dried and finely crushed bark of the plant and pour 1 liter of water, brought to a boil. For a quarter of an hour, leave the broth over low heat, then cool and strain. Take the composition of the need daily for 1 st. half an hour before meals.
- In the form of tincture. To do this, use 200 g of well crushed and dried bark, lay it on the bottom of the glassware and pour ½ l of medical alcohol or vodka. Tightly closed, the vessel with the contents must be put in a dark place and kept for 2 weeks at a cool temperature. For better extraction every few days it is necessary to shake the contents well, and after the expiration of the prescribed period, the tincture is filtered. Accept the received means in diluted form (20 drops of tincture are mixed with 50 ml of water), half an hour before meals 3 times a day. The course is 3 months.
- In the form of water infusion. Here, instead of alcohol, thoroughly chopped aspen bark is filled with water in a ratio of 1: 3. The tincture is aged overnight and taken in the morning on an empty stomach in the amount of 150 ml.
No less effective therapeutic properties of aspen bark with prostate adenoma. Due to the antioxidants contained in this plant, its use stops the development of the tumor process, and also facilitates the overall condition. The treatment regimen is the same as for prostatitis. But in addition to the methods listed above, the bark can also be taken in a dry, crushed form (every day on an empty stomach it is necessary to eat 1/3 tsp, drinking water) or even just chewing pieces of bark 20-30 minutes before a meal.
We treat diabetes
At the initial stage, aspen bark effectively helps to cope with the disease, reducing blood sugar levels. But even in the advanced stage, the use of a plant can significantly alleviate the condition.
In diabetes, the bark is taken as a decoction: 1 tbsp. l crushed dry bark is poured with a glass of water, brought to a boil, and then overnight (at least 9 hours) infused in a thermos. In the morning, decoction must be filtered and divided into 2 portions. The first portion of broth is drunk half an hour before breakfast, and the second - before dinner. Such a course of treatment lasts 2 months, after that it is necessary to take a break (another 1 month) and, if necessary, continue treatment in the same regimen.
Another way to use aspen bark for diabetes is in the form of kvass. For this you can use both dry bark and fresh bark. Pieces of bark lay in a 3-liter jar, pour water and add 200 g of sugar and 1 tsp. sour cream. The jars are covered with gauze (so that there is air access) and the vessel is placed in a darkened but warm place for 14-16 days. After this period, drink daily 2 tbsp. kvass 30 minutes before meals. Instead of each portion consumed, it is necessary to refill a glass of water in the jar with the addition of a spoonful of sugar. Cooked kvass is used for 2.5-3 months.
The bark of aspen, the medicinal properties of which from ancient times were valued and used by the Slavic peoples, can still serve as a good complement and sometimes alternative to traditional medicine. But, applying it, you should take into account the peculiarities of your body, and it is better to carry out the treatment under the supervision of a specialist.