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Sorrel: than it is useful, and whether always?

Well-known all a sorrel are a perennial plant from family buckwheat, in Latin it is called Rumex that in translation means a spear. In the people it is called sometimes wild beet or meadow apple. It is considered that the homeland of a sorrel are Europe and Asia, but today it is widespread on all continents (excepting Antarctica, it is natural), and contains about two hundred types.

From time immemorial this plant is used as medicinal. Still celebrities like Galen and Dioskrid used it for a stop of bleedings, at treatment of dysentery and indigestion problems. Avicenna appointed broth from sorrel leaves for elimination of painful manifestations of a menstrual cycle, simplification of climacteric process and even for disposal of infertility.

It is considered that the first French - in the 12th century ranked a sorrel as vegetable culture. They consider it as a national vegetable along with carrots also hitherto. In medieval Europe the sorrel was considered also as a protectant from plague. (Including, Russians) it fresh appeared in ancient doctor books as a medicine “against internal heat and plague fever, from a liver, for clarification of blood and urine“.

There is quite popular belief that in Russia to it long enough there was a relation as to a weed. The certificate of Adam Oleariya who visited Moskovia as the secretary and the adviser of golshtinsky embassy in 1633 that our compatriots sneered at the foreigners eating “a green grass“ which was considered weed is usually provided to its confirmation.

However “wild beet“ admitted sacred Ancient Russia and was even used as charms (as, however, both a horse sorrel, and water). In later times territorial doctors treated with its help tuberculosis and rheumatic pains.

And now we will return from the past to the present. Its antiscorbutic properties, usefulness for good functioning of a liver, a gall bladder, a digestive tract and skin rashes admit modern phytotherapy behind a sorrel. At lumbar pains and rheumatism experts advise to use infusion from sorrel roots, for strengthening of gums - powder from them, at cystitis - bathtubs with broth of leaves. It is considered that broth is useful also at quinsy - to rinsings of a throat, and also at feverish states.

To the salutary properties the sorrel is obliged to composition of substances. What in it is mute only is not present: flavonoids, lipids, proteins, mineral salts, organic acids, and not only oxalic (which collects in leaves at a stage of their coarsening) though in young escapes there is more apple. And still carotene and vitamins E, B, K, PP. Only one vitamin C this plant contains about 90 mg so the daily need for it becomes covered by one hundred grams of kislenky leaflets.

But, praising a sorrel, you should not forget that concerning its application there are also contraindications, including: pregnancy, gastritis with the increased acidity, stomach ulcer and a duodenum, inflammatory diseases of kidneys. By the way, frequent application can lead to stones in kidneys. Especially careful people of respectable age need to be from - for opportunities of development of osteoporosis and gout.

So we will remember the wise rule: everything is good that moderately. The excessive hobby for it, certainly valuable, a product can lead to a situation when “best is oftentimes the enemy of the good“.