White acacia – medicinal properties and used in folk medicine
The locust — tree height 25-30 meters, 12 meters on average. The diameter of the trunk up to 0.8 m, covered with black bark with grooves. The leaves are 10-25 cm long, composed of 4-8 pairs of light green oblong oval, pointed at the ends of the leaves, length 1.5 — 3 cm. Each sheet, generally has a pair of short spines (modified leaves) up to 1.5 cm long.
Many large fragrant flowers of white or pinkish color, aggregated in a raceme to 17 cm long. The fruit is an oblong pod 5-10 cm long, containing 4-10 seeds of dark color. Acacia blooms from may to June, fruit Matures in September and can hang on the tree all winter. Lifespan up to 50 years.
The acacia is a close relative, also a plant with many medicinal properties — it is a Sophora Japanese .
The birthplace of acacia are the United States. In Russia it is imported in XVIII, where he distributed mainly in the steppe zone, and the last 20-30 years its steel plant in Central Russia, where in winter there is a severe frost, but of acacia, fortunately, most often their last.
In southern Ukraine the acacia trees used for protective plantings, urban greening and for decorative purposes. Acacia is valued as the tree is undemanding to soils, tolerate drought, growing.
That’s only stagnant water to her detriment. And use it to strengthen the slopes of the railroad tracks and slopes, ravines, shores. The leaves are fed to livestock.
In addition to the decoration of the landscape, acacia is used in perfumery for perfuming of Soaps, shampoos, fragrant oil of acacia is included in the composition of toilet water and perfume.
The locust – excellent bee plant, in the flowering period (from late may to mid June) beekeepers get from one plant to 8 kg of honey.
Found a use for it in food and paint industries. They say that hardwood floors acacia is not inferior in beauty and quality of oak parquet.
Used in medicine part used: Leaves, flowers, twigs, bark.
The collection and preparation of acacia
The flowers are harvested in early flowering, in may, in poluraspredelenia condition. Dried in the shade, under a canopy, often overturned. The bark and leaves are harvested in the period from the moment when the tree begins to put forth leaves until the time until they fall off.
Active substances: Flowers of acacia contain: vitamins, minerals, tannins, glycoside, volatile oils, sugars, organic acids, esters of salicylic acid. The leaves are found: the flavonoids and their glycosides. In the bark of young shoots: tannins, pectins, mucus, fatty oils, toxic robinin.
Therapeutic properties of acacia
The color of acacia are used as spasmolytic, hypotensive, expectorant, antipyretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, diuretic and mild laxative means.
The color of acacia is used in diseases of the bladder, kidneys, gastrointestinal diseases, nephrolithiasis and urolithiasis,thrombophlebitis, radiculitis, myositis, osteochondrosis, rheumatism, neuralgia, coughs, colds, influenza, wounds.
At high acidity of gastric juice, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, constipation (see constipation folk remedies ) used a hot decoction or alcohol tincture from the bark of the young branches of acacia.
With the help of experiments on animals proved diuretic, hypotensive and spasmolytic manipulation of drugs acacia. Modern medicine recommends taking them as a choleretic, laxative and expectorant.
The use of acacia in folk medicine
During exacerbation of gastritis and gastric ulcer — a decoction of the bark, leaves and shoots of acacia (young trees). Decoction, alcohol tincture of leaves and young shoots — with high acidity of gastric juice, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer and other stomach diseases. The same application is in homeopathy.
In diseases of the kidneys and bladder — infusion, decoction of flowers of acacia. Tincture externally — for rheumatism. Acacia flowers are used in a mixture with the leaves of the bearberry. flowers, tansy, flowers, cornflower blue, licorice root (as a diuretic fee). Infusion of flowers — as an expectorant and febrifuge.
Alcohol tincture of acacia flowers restores the nervous system. Improves mood, relieves headaches, anxiety, insomnia. It is used to treat women’s diseases (uterine fibroids). This is one of the few that gives a noticeable effect in multiple sclerosis.
Whites treated their juice still unopened flowers of acacia. Should drink the juice of one teaspoon in the morning, afternoon and evening. In addition, treatment will be accelerated if to wash away the genitals infusion of flowers of this tree and make using infusion douching.
In inflammatory diseases of the uterus and appendages tablespoon of acacia flowers pour a glass of boiling water, to insist 10 minutes, drain. Take 2 tablespoons 3-4 times a day.
A decoction of the bark of acacia . ½ Tablespoon of minced raw pour 500 ml of water, boil for 20 minutes, filtered hot and bring the volume of boiled water to the source. Take small portions for 2 days. With good endurance you can drink during the day, preferably in the form of heat.
Tincture of leaves and young shoots of acacia . raw insist on 40% alcohol in a ratio of 1:10, soaking for 15 days, shaking occasionally. Take 1 teaspoon 3 times a day before meals.
Infusion of acacia flowers . 10 g of raw pour 200 ml boiling water, wrap and insist, then filtered.
Decoction of flowers of acacia . 1 tablespoon fresh or dried raw material is poured 500 ml of water, boil for 3 minutes, strain and bring the volume to the original. Take 1 tablespoon 3-4 times a day before meals.
Tincture of acacia flowers . raw materials pour 70% alcohol (1 part raw material to 2 parts alcohol) and infused for 2 weeks with intermittent shaking. Taken orally 30-40 drops in 50 ml of water 3 times a day before meals for 1 month.
Apply the tincture and externally in the form of compresses, rastirok, lotions with heel spurs. rheumatism, osteochondrosis, neuralgia, sciatica, thrombophlebitis, and burns and disinfection of wounds and rastirok body for colds, paralysis, convulsions, numbness of the limbs after a stroke and injuries.
Multiple sclerosis infusion need to cleanse the area of the spine 2-3 times a day.
Warning . Seeds, bark and roots of the tree are poisonous! For violation of dosage, possible severe poisoning. Symptoms of poisoning acacia – nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, drowsiness, acute cardiovascular insufficiency, malaise.
If this happens, then you should immediately wash the stomach, take activated charcoal and seek medical advice.