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goose cinquefoil

Potentilla anserina L.

Лапчатка гусиная Лапчатка гусиная

Botanical characteristic. Family Rosaceae. Perennial herb with a thin short-haired stem. The leaves are intermittently pinnate, green above, whitish-silky below. The flowers are golden yellow, rather large (up to 2 cm), single with five petals. It blooms from May to September. The fruit consists of several achenes, ripens in July – September.

Spread. It grows everywhere in yards, on roads, on village streets, in meadows and forest glades. It is found in the European part of Russia, in the Caucasus, in Western Siberia.

Used parts of the plant. Grass and plant seeds.
The chemical composition of the plant is almost not studied. It is known that the plant contains many tannins, tormentol and tormentillin.

Application. It is considered a painkiller, tonic, astringent and blood purifier.
Applied with asthenic conditions, with gastrointestinal ailments: spastic pain, with enterocolitis and diarrhea; with diseases of the liver and gall bladder.
Bloodroot is a good diuretic; it is recommended for nephritis, kidney stone disease, cystitis and inflammation of the prostate gland.
Outwardly consume fresh juice and tincture of potentilla for washing wounds, for compresses and lotions.
In folk medicine, goose cinquefoil is considered a good tool for the treatment of painful menstruation in young women.

Cooking. The infusion is prepared at the rate of 2 tablespoons of herb for 2 cups boiling water (daily dose).
“With painful menstruation, it is considered more effective to decoction with milk 1 teaspoon of goose cinquefoil seeds in a glass, boil for 5 minutes and drink in 2 divided doses - in the morning and in the evening.
Juice from a fresh plant mixed in equal parts with juice from a green rye plant is taken in 3 tablespoons per day as a remedy for gall and kidney stones ”(MA. Nosal, IM Nosal).