The Cardencha (Dipsacus sylvestris) inherits its name from the habit in the use of this plant as useful for the carding of the wool before spinning. It is a biennial herb erect stems up 2 m de altura que guarda interesantes propiedades medicinales. Lives in roadsides, Cuneta, road slope, abandoned pastures and crops, rubble or pedregales ribereños; in soil that stays moist for some time or waterlogged at elevations ranging from sea level to the 1500 m. Su contenido en sales de potasio, salicylic acid and a glucoside called scabies, give medicinal values has, especially in the root. Is diuretic (increases urine output) and sudorific (increased sweating). Taken as an infusion is particularly useful to regulate the excess fluid in the tissues: edema or dropsy from any cause. Fight excess urate (artritismo) promoting the elimination of uric acid and other waste substances that circulate in the blood. Further regulates acne problems, eccemas y erupciones aumentando la producción de sudor y mejorando con ello la eliminación de sustancias que irritan la piel.
Use: Decoction with 40-50 grams of crushed root in 2 liters of water. Boil until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain and sweeten with honey. They drink several cups a day. The treatment should last several months. It is well tolerated by the body.
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