Horsetail - A Herbal Medicine/Remedy for Tuberculosis, Broken Bone, Rheumatism and Breast Feeding.
Treating Tuberculosis, Broken Bones, Rheumatism and Breast Feeding with Horsetail.
The following article is a review of a book by Professor C. Louis Kervran, Biological Transmutation, that outlines some medical conditions that are treatable by taking Horsetail extract.
The book outlines organic elements that get converted into other elements by various biological processes, thus causing, as in this case, the conversion of silica, as found in horsetail, into calcium required in the repair of bone fractures, the treatment of tuberculosis, rheumatism and for breast feeding mums.
To confirm the possible treatment of the above conditions, I will now illiterate with extracts from his book.
Fractured Bones - It appears that the taking of organic silica increase the rate at which broken bones will heal.
"Spectacular results have been obtained with fractured bones". This was confirmed by laboratory rats eating controlled diets after having a leg broken. "One of the lots received a normal diet which included a fairly generous amount of calcium. The other lot had an extract of horsetail added to its food. X-rays of all the rats were taken ten days after their bones were broken. It was clear that the ingestion of vegetal silica had already healed the bones. An X-ray taken on the 17th day showed that the cure was complete, whereas with calcium alone, X-rays taken on the 17th day showed that the bones were not yet healed".
Breast Feeding - In the following extract, Louis Kervran states, women who are breast feeding are in danger of suffering from calcium deficiency due to the increased demands of producing breast milk. So to counteract this, he makes the following statement,
"The pregnant women who breast feeds her baby may correct her diet by adding a small amount of horsetail to her food in order to avoid decalcification. This now recognized without dispute and is being applied commercially in France".
Tuberculosis - Until I read this book, I was unaware that this condition is caused by calcium deficiency, or at least you are more susceptable to the disease. This also throws up the questions as to whether other lung conditions are caused by calcium deficiency, and could therefore be treated with organic silica, conditons such as cystic fibrosis?
"...tuberculosis is always accompanied by decalcification. Silicon disappears before calcium: that is an early sign of decalcification. But when organic silica is given, a rapid calcification of the caverns occurs".
Rheumatism - This often painful conditions appears also to be treated with organic silica.
"To a patient whose rheumatism was so bad that it deformed her fingers and joints, charnot gave bicarbonate of potassium with an extract of organic silica. An X-ray was taken before the treatment. After 6 days of treatment another X-ray was taken. It revealed a complete cure".
I am in no way a medical practioner or herbalist, but for people who have any of the conditions above, I would consider the taking or organic silica some serious thought, as I believe these findings have some merit.
It is well known, that mineral supplements do not directly work, they can be difficult for the body to assimilate, therefore it is much better to take an organic supplement, but it is the conversion of one organic element to another that is the key, as illiterated above
"Spring horsetail, as compared to summer horsetail, is rich in organic silica - not in mineral silica which is , on the contrary, decalcifying". "Fresh green vegetables (young plants), radishes, etc, contain a large amount of silica".
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