High sprawling shrub, reaching 7 m in height, which belongs to the collective group of "wolf berries", buckthorn brittle, quite often found in the forests of the middle belt. The medicinal properties of buckthorn bark are used in medicine, other parts of this plant are of interest, but they must be applied with great care.
Corners and roots
In all parts of the plant contains frangularoside antraglycoside, providing buckthorn preparations with a mild laxative effect.
The highest content of antraglycoside is observed precisely in the cortex (it is in a dissolved state in the composition of the cell sap). For this reason, bark preparations are used as laxatives. The therapeutic properties of buckthorn bark are not limited to this. It is used in complex therapy for weight loss, for urolithiasis, hemorrhoids, liver diseases, colitis, nerve diseases, heavy menstrual bleeding, obesity, diabetes, skin diseases, pustular infection, streptoderma, furunculosis, edema, gout, radiculitis.
Harvest the bark in early spring during the period of the most active movement of tree sap. Fresh bark is not recommended, it causes severe vomiting and irritation of the stomach. To ensure that the harvested bark is clean and does not contain wood residues, it is removed from the shrub, making neat cuts: longitudinal and transverse annular. Fresh bark is quite flexible, it is possible to use it for medical purposes only after drying. A sign of "readiness" is the loss of elasticity, such a crust does not bend, but breaks with a bang.
Dry the bark in the open air under a canopy or in a well-aerated room. At night, raw materials that dry on the street, covered with waterproof material or carried into the room. While the buckthorn bark dries, it must be periodically turned over, shaken so that the process goes on evenly. The finished dried raw materials are stored in canvas bags, without using them for the first year. During this time, destroyed the toxic substances that make up the bark and provoke vomiting (food poisoning). To speed up the process of destruction of harmful substances by strong heating of the bark (up to 100 degrees for an hour) in the oven.
The pharmacy sells ready-to-use crushed buckthorn bark, which can be used if there is no possibility and desire to harvest the raw materials yourself.
For weight loss, buckthorn bark is used in combination with diet. A gentle, but at the same time, complete cleansing contributes to weight stabilization and well-being. However, it is necessary to be very careful with infusions of bark: they are addictive and with a long course of withdrawal may occur, the intestines will no longer be cleaned independently.
Contraindications to the use of buckthorn bark are:
- Tumors of various origins
- Gastrointestinal Inflammation
Due to its chemical composition, a decoction of buckthorn leaves nourishes the body with energy, is considered an immunomodulatory and tonic agent.
Included in the choleretic collection, is prescribed for liver diseases.
Broth from the berries treat exacerbations of skin diseases - furunculosis, carbunculosis, streptoderma. The broth is applied externally, rubbing the affected areas and making lotions. Inside a decoction of the berries is used as a laxative and anthelmintic agent, but it must be remembered that the berries are poisonous, especially green, 15-20 berries can be completely fatal.
What do people say?
The buckthorn bark is very popular as a laxative, and patient testimonies of its effectiveness:
- Olga, 35 years old, writes: "If it is right to brew and dilute (I do in a water bath), then the effect is excellent, but the buckthorn bark acts very gently, without causing discomfort. The main thing is to drink moderately and follow the instructions"
- Daria, 22 years old: "It is important to pay attention to the possibility of side effects resulting from the use of buckthorn bark for weight loss. I believe that the use of any products with a therapeutic effect should be started only after consulting a doctor."
The use of buckthorn bark gives excellent results, but the high toxicity of the plant and the available contraindications do not allow to classify drugs from buckthorn to the category of "harmless", the doctor must prescribe drugs. Parents should be especially careful when deciding to help a child suffering from colic, constipation with the help of buckthorn bark or fruit decoction. Reasonable care should be required.