The plant contains high levels of silica and is used in many ways in Ayurvedic medicine. The root is astringent and cooling. It is used to treat joint pain and general debility. The leaves are antispasmodic and emmenagogue. They are taken internally to stimulate menstruation and to help relieve period pain. They are also taken to tone and strengthen stomach function; to expel worms; and have the reputation of being aphrodisiac. The young sprouts, harvested as they emerge from below soil level, are taken internally to relieve nausea, indigestion and wind. They are applied externally as a poultice to help drain infected wounds. The juice of the plant is rich in silica and is taken internally to aid in the strengthening of cartilage in conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Source: https://pfaf.org/
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