Anthroposophic Medicine

Anthroposophic medicine sees itself as a humanities extension of conventional medicine. In the anthroposophical attitude of mind, there are elements of different philosophical and medical schools of thought from East and West. Anthroposophic medicine sees itself as a humanities extension of conventional medicine. Natural scientific medicine forms the basis on which anthroposophic physicians build their understanding of being human. At the center of anthroposophic medicine is the consideration of the connection between environment, body, soul, and spirit. The treatment of diseases aims to restore the original, healthy harmony between these factors. For this purpose, anthroposophic physicians try to understand the causes of disease as holistically as possible. The therapy is determined not only by the diagnosis but also by the course of the disease, the CV, the social environment, and the personality of the patient.

The emergence of anthroposophic medicine

The anthroposophical spiritual science goes to the Austrian Dr. Phil. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) back. He studied natural sciences and mathematics in Vienna but earned his doctorate in philosophy. In numerous writings, Steiner showed how knowledge based on perception and thinking can be further developed through systematic training to higher, supernatural cognition. Steiner dealt with many aspects of human life and developed in addition to a new pedagogical direction (Rudolf Steiner schools) biodynamic farming. Anthroposophical healing was developed in collaboration with the Dutch doctor Ita Wegmann (1876-1943). Today there are numerous anthroposophic institutions and clinics. In the latter, orthodox medical doctors work with additional anthroposophic training.

Philosophy of anthroposophic medicine

In anthroposophical philosophy, the human being with its physiological functions is divided into three areas: The first area includes all metabolic processes as well as the limbs, which serve the arbitrary movement. In this area, the processes related to the construction and restoration of functions predominate. These processes take place in a healthy state deep in the subconscious mind. In contrast to this area, the human sensory organs and the associated nervous system are the second areas. In this functional area, the processes of the awake consciousness take place. If it comes to the degradation of sensory organs or brain cells, this has an effect on the awakened consciousness. The two mentioned, opposing areas are connected by a third, by the area in which the rhythmic processes take place. These include, above all, the cardiovascular system and the lungs. This area compensates for the other two conflicting systems. Rudolf Steiner described the essence of man as four essential elements that contain all the laws and contexts of life:

    • The physical body is the visible body
    • The etheric body is the sum of the life force vitalizing the body
    • The astral body allows sensations and awareness
    • The ego is the center of the personality, disease, and cure with an anthroposophic approach

The interaction of the four essences determines a person’s health and illness. If all four forces are in harmony with each other, the human being is healthy. In anthroposophic medicine, all illnesses, according to the four essential forces, are divided into four types:

    • Physical body sclerosis-like
    • Etheric body – tuberous
    • Astral body – inflammatory
    • I – due to paralysis

If the influence of one of the four members of the being strongly outweighs, the entire system gets out of balance. For example, as a result of a long-lasting dominance of the etheric body in the view of anthroposophic medicine, cancer may arise. Until cancer physically breaks out, the organism is in a sort of pre-cancerous condition. At this point, neutralizing and shaping forces can be strong enough to curb the physical development of cancer. Thus, the goal of treating a disease is to balance the basic forces of the entities. For anthroposophic medicine there are various therapy options available:

    • School medical or anthroposophic medicines
    • Individually compiled bio-dynamic diet Creative artistic forms of therapy such as painting, modeling, singing, speaking, and especially eurythmy therapy (the connection between movements, gestures, words, and sounds)
    • Extensive discussions with the attending physicians
    • Anthroposophic remedies

Anthroposophic Medicine

Anthroposophic remedies

In anthroposophic medicine, the remedies are of outstanding importance. The concept of anthroposophic medicine knows a balancing agent for every imbalance between the four essences. The most well-known medicinal plant of anthroposophists is mistletoe. It is mainly used as a remedy for combating cancer. The healing properties of various plants can be transferred to humans, taking into account not only a special processing but also the different nature of the plants. For example, a plant like the stinging nettle, which can absorb iron very well, is given to someone with iron deficiency. The stinging nettle should give the body the impulse to pick up iron. The anthroposophic remedies are derived from plant substances, animal substances, and minerals. For almost every raw material, there are different processing options. For example, at the Arnica plant, preparations are obtained from the whole plant, from the root, or only from the flower. All three basic substances can be processed by potentiating (diluting) anthroposophic medicines. Anthroposophic remedies are available in various dosage forms, for example as oils, drops, tablets, powders or ointments. In this way, as individual as possible treatment should be possible for all complaints.

The production of anthroposophic remedies is usually done in complex procedures. In order for the substances necessary for healing to be able to implement their effectiveness in accordance with the human organs, they must be “transformed”. For example, Rudolf Steiner developed such a special transformation process for the production of active substances for the “vegetabilized” (literally “transplanted”) metals. According to Rudolf Steiner’s teachings, all metals are connected to a specific human organ and can be assigned to the moon and the planets at the same time:

    • Metal
    • lead
    • tin
    • iron
    • gold
    • copper
    • mercury
    • silver

These metals are combined with plants that are related to the same organ as the metal. For this plants are fertilized with metal salts, later harvested, and then composted. This compost is used as fertilizer for new plants. Finally, the plant and the metallic substance form a unit. In this way, the metal can be absorbed by the corresponding organ.

Application of anthroposophic medicine

Anthroposophic medicine is a whole medical system with a variety of applications. Anthroposophical trained physicians only determine after a careful clarification with which therapy methods and remedies a disease should be treated. In anthroposophic clinics, many cancer patients are cared for. In an environment in which the broad range of therapies strengthens and supports different areas of physical and mental wellbeing, patients feel well looked after and taken seriously. At different levels, they return to a positive attitude to life. Anthroposophic medicine, with its holistic view of man, is therefore particularly helpful for people with long-term or long-term illnesses. There are a number of anthroposophic remedies available for minor complaints that can be treated without medical examinations

Side effects of anthroposophic medicine

Because anthroposophic medicine is practiced by trained medical doctors, serious and careful care and treatment can be expected. Sometimes the patient has to decide for himself whether he wants to be treated in conventional medicine or in the sense of anthroposophic medicine. Some people choose to stay in an anthroposophic clinic for the aftercare of conventional cancer treatment.

Diet For Osteoarthritis

What is Osteoarthritis?

Doctors call osteoarthritis the excessive wear and tear of joint cartilage. They differentiate between silent and activated osteoarthritis.

  • Silent osteoarthritis is the hardly noticeable initial stage. It often begins around the age of 35. In the further course – more often from the age of 60 – pain sometimes occurs, which manifests itself primarily as start-up pain (when starting a movement) or stress pain (when loading a joint).
  • Activated osteoarthritis is what doctors call joint wear, which leads to more or less severe inflammation attacks. The attacks of inflammation are often associated with severely restricted mobility of the joints and feelings of tension. Sometimes the joints stiffen and deform.

Detailed Information About Osteoarthritis

Lost articular cartilage is irretrievably lost. He cannot reform himself. For more information on symptoms, causes, and treatment of excessive joint wear, see the disease picture osteoarthritis.

Basics Of Nutrition In Osteoarthritis

The basics of a healthy diet for osteoarthritis and the prevention of excessive cartilage wear can be easily summarized. If you eat a very varied and low-meat diet and replace industrial finished products with fresh foods, then you are doing a lot right. Because in this way you supply the organism with a multitude of nutrients. This diversity almost inevitably means that you supply the remaining cartilage with everything that is important. According to the unanimous opinion of medical research, food supplements are not useful. On the contrary, they can even do harm. More on this below.

Avoid And Reduce Excess Weight

At the same time, a fresh and varied diet is a very good basis for avoiding obesity or for shedding extra pounds. Reducing obesity is one of the basics of the osteoarthritis diet because every kilo too much puts unnecessary stress on the joints. In addition, there is no longer any doubt in medicine that fat cells release messenger substances that promote inflammation. Obesity, therefore, increases the risk that silent osteoarthritis will turn into activated osteoarthritis with significantly more stress symptoms.

Inhibit Inflammatory Processes From Food

Diet can promote or reduce inflammation. That depends on the choice of food. The post Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis provides detailed information on which anti-inflammatory foods to prefer and which anti-inflammatory foods to avoid. 

Food Recommendations For Nutrition In Osteoarthritis

Nutritionists recommend a high-fiber diet with lots of fruit and vegetables to prevent or treat osteoarthritis. Meat and sausage products should therefore rarely be on the menu. Milk and dairy products as well as cold-water fish, on the other hand, should be an integral part of the osteoarthritis diet.

Diet For Osteoarthritis

Recommended Foods For Osteoarthritis

According to the NDR nutritional docs, the following are particularly recommended:

    • Bread, cereals, and side dishes (2 palm-sized portions/day): Whole grain bread; Oatmeal, muesli without sugar; Whole grain pasta, whole grain rice, jacket potatoes
    • Fruit (1-2 handfuls/day): all types of fruit that are low in sugar; in moderation high-sugar varieties such as pineapple, banana, pear, honeydew melon, persimmon (Sharon), mango, sweet cherry, and grapes
    • Vegetables (3 times 2 handfuls/day): all types of salad, preferably with bitter substances (chicory, dandelion), all types of cabbage, artichokes, fennel, cucumber, legumes, kohlrabi, carrots, radishes, sauerkraut, asparagus, spinach, zucchini and all types of mushrooms as well Herbs
    • Fats and oils (2 tbsp/day): chia oil, hemp oil, linseed oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil; little butter; for frying: coconut oil
    • Fish and seafood (2 servings/week): eel, trout, halibut, herring, cod, carp, salmon, mackerel, sardine/anchovies, plaice, sole, turbot; Shellfish like crayfish, shrimp, lobster, crab, shrimp
    • Sausage products and meat (1 to 2 servings/week, up to 100 g gross weight each): sliced ​​turkey breast, chicken; less often: beef fillet, veal, game; Corned beef
    • Eggs: max 2 to 3 weeks,
    • Milk and milk products, cheese in moderation (up to 300 ml daily): milk 1.5% fat, buttermilk, quark up to 20% fat, natural yogurt 1.5% fat; Harzer cheese, grainy cream cheese; rarely: cream, sour cream, crème fraîche; Cheese up to 45%: semi-hard cheese, soft cheese, feta, mozzarella, cream cheese
    • Nuts and seeds (approx. 1 handful/day): chia seeds; Cashew nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, macadamia nuts, almonds, pine nuts, walnuts; in moderation: sunflower seeds
    • Snacks and nibbles: seldom dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or more.
    • Drinks (approx. 2 liters/day): water, unsweetened tea, especially green tea, and herbal tea; up to three cups of coffee without milk.

Not Recommended Foods For Osteoarthritis

According to the NDR nutrition docs, it is better to avoid these foods if you have osteoarthritis:

    • Bread, cereals, and side dishes: croissants, crispbread, pretzels, milk rolls, toast bread, white bread, wheat rolls, rusks; peeled rice, durum wheat noodles, mashed potatoes, potato pancakes, croquettes, pancakes, french fries
    • Fruit: sugared canned fruit, candied dried fruit, and fruit puree
    • Vegetables: Only rarely use vegetable mixes with butter or cream
    • Fats and oils: safflower oil, goose lard, mayonnaise, palm fat, lard, sunflower oil
    • Fish and seafood: fish pickled in mayonnaise or cream, breaded fish
    • Charcuterie and meat: all charcuterie except turkey breast and chicken; generally no pork (due to the high content of arachidonic acid)
    • Eggs: max. 2 to 3 weeks
    • Milk and dairy products: no sweetened finished products such as fruit buttermilk, fruit yogurt, fruit quark, rice pudding, cocoa preparations, pudding
    • Nuts and seeds: no peanuts and salted nuts
    • Snacks and nibbles: no sweets such as chips, ice cream, savory biscuits, sweet baked goods, sweet dairy products
    • Drinks (approx. 2 liters/day): no fruit juices, soft drinks, soy drinks, or mixed milk drinks

Dietary Supplement Against Osteoarthritis

Most experts believe that dietary supplements against osteoarthritis are not useful, and sometimes even dangerous. Nonetheless, they are very good business for manufacturers. According to the health service provider IMS Health, Germans spend a good 100 million euros annually on supposed cartilage protection agents (so-called chondroprotective agents).

No Evidence Of The Effects Of Chondroitin, Glucosamine Or Hyaluronic Acid

Over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements for osteoarthritis mainly contain substances such as chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid. The promise of the advertising: The chondroprotective are supposed to strengthen and protect the cartilage. Unfortunately, in the unanimous opinion of serious experts, this is an empty promise.

Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are important players in cartilage metabolism. After ingestion, however, they do not even reach the joints, but rather are destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract. According to independent studies available to date, chondroprotective are no more effective than products that do not contain active substances (placebos). This was confirmed, for example, by the American GAIT study (Glucosamine-Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial, see sources) from 2010. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found in 2009 that there was no positive effect of glucosamine alone or in combination with chondroitin sulfate would give the preservation of joints.

Dangerous Interactions Of Glucosamine

Rather, the ESA, together with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (see sources), warns of dangerous interactions. According to this, drugs and food supplements containing glucosamine can increase the effect of anticoagulant drugs from the group of coumarin anticoagulants and, in the worst case, even cause cerebral hemorrhage.

Another example of undesirable effects of preparations containing glucosamine or chondroitin is allergic reactions. Many of these preparations are made from shellfish or fish proteins and can trigger allergic reactions up to anaphylactic shock.

Better Not To Take Vitamin And Mineral Supplements For Osteoarthritis

There are a large number of vitamins and minerals or trace element supplements that manufacturers claim to protect joints and cartilage. Common ingredients are, for example, vitamins A, C, and E or selenium. The Federal Association of Consumer Organizations has examined many dietary supplements. The result: there is therefore no positive effect on joints and cartilage (see sources). In addition, many dosages go well beyond the maximum recommended intake values. This in turn increases the risk of drug interactions or other complications.

Medicinal Plant Aloe Vera

The medicinal plant aloe vera is known to many people as the best part of cosmetic Skincare products. Many body lotions, creams, and shower baths, for example, are enriched with aloe vera. Aloe is supposed to moisturize the skin and improve the appearance of the skin. Less well known is the strong laxative effect of aloe in herbal medicines for internal use. Many experts advise using aloe only as a laxative, if at all. This is related to the numerous side effects, interactions, and possible signs of intoxication. Other herbal laxatives such as psyllium or flaxseed are much better tolerated and easier to handle.

Medicinal Plant Aloe Vera Soon

    • skincare (external use), laxative in constipation (internal use)
    • Do not use laxatives in the long term without medical advice.
    • Do not use in case of intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease or abdominal pain of unknown cause, during pregnancy and lactation, and in children under 12 years
    • Interactions with dehydrating agents, cardiotonic drugs, and cortisone medications possible
    • in case of overdose symptoms of intoxication with severe diarrhea – up to kidney-damaging fluid loss
    • drink plenty while taking
    • Areas of application: cosmetic and therapeutic skincare in diseases such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, constipation.

Use laxatives only for a short time

Laxatives should, in the unanimous opinion of the experts, only be used at short notice. The reason: Misuse of laxatives is by far the most common cause of chronic constipation. The recurrent use of laxatives weakens the intestine. This can lead to persistent constipation. Once chronic constipation has developed, the treatment is usually tedious – and of uncertain outcome.

Recurring constipation should be checked by a doctor as soon as possible. The earlier targeted treatment begins, the easier it is to avoid chronic constipation. In addition, constipation can be a symptom of a disease or a side effect of medication.

Medicinal Plant Aloe Vera

Active ingredients and mode of action

The leaves of aloe contain milk juice. For external use, this milk juice is usually made into gel and added to the appropriate skincare products. For internal use, extracts are extracted from the latex and the leaves of the aloe. The key ingredient of aloe is the so-called aloin, which belongs to the group of anthracoid. In addition, Aloe contains a resin with various long-chain sugars. A variety of vitamins, bitter and trace elements, and essential oil are other ingredients.

Laxative effect

The laxative effect of aloe goes back to an interaction of aloin and sugar compounds. Aloin and its transformation products make the intestinal lining water impermeable. This accumulates salty water in the intestine, liquefies the stool, stimulates reflexes in the intestine, and thus accelerates the defecation.

Skincare with aloe vera

The milky sap of aloe contains a variety of vitamins and trace elements. Whether and how aloe actually moisturizes the skin has not been adequately studied. In any case, the skin will dry out as quickly after aloe as after other moisturizing cosmetics. Aloe gel evaporates after application to a certain degree and develops a cooling effect. This is why aloe gel is used in after-sun lotions and as a natural sunscreen treatment.

The effect of Aloe against inflammatory skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis is not sufficiently proven.

Application of aloe vera

The external use of aloe preparations is completely harmless. This does not apply to internal use as a laxative. Here are a number of notes to consider.

Prohibition of use of aloe as a laxative

In the case of appendicitis, intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis as well as irritable bowel laxatives must generally not be used. This also applies to gastrointestinal complaints without clearly identifiable harmless cause as well as severe dehydration due to dehydration. Children under the age of 12, pregnant and breastfeeding women should also not be treated with aloe laxatives.

Dosage

Read the leaflet of aloes laxatives carefully. An overdose can have dangerous consequences. Investigations occasionally speak of kidney inflammation. Signs of overdose include spasmodic abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea.

Persistent strong diarrhea can lead to life-threatening loss of water and electrolytes. If diarrhea does not stop within a few hours, you should consult a doctor.

Note application period

Basically, aloe must not be taken for more than 2 weeks. Prolonged intake may cause problems in the water and electrolyte balance in addition to the intestinal sluggishness already described. For example, potassium deficiency can cause cardiac arrhythmias. In addition, protein and blood excretion via the urine are possible. While taking Aloe as a laxative you should drink plenty, preferably water or electrolyte mixtures. Even herbal teas with chamomile or fennel are a good choice.

interactions

Aloe can affect the effects of a number of medicines. This applies, among other things, to dehydrating medications (diuretics), cardiotonic drugs (cardiac glycosides), cardiac rhythm-regulating drugs (antiarrhythmic drugs), and cortisone preparations.

Side Effects

Rarely it comes after taking proper doses to gastrointestinal complaints that manifest themselves in the form of convulsions. Indiscriminate is an occasional transient reddening of the urine.

Medicinal Plant Cayenne Pepper

Medicinal plant Cayenne pepper with the active ingredient capsaicin stimulates the skin circulation as a medicinal plant and relieves pain. Thermal patches for back pain or tension are among the most frequently sold self-care products. Most of these heat patches contain an active ingredient from the cayenne pepper: capsaicin. This pungent is either extracted from the medicinal plant – or comes as synthetic capsaicin. The effect is the same in both cases: The heat patch unfolds strong heat on the skin. And warmth is good for many forms of tension. This effect is well known from physical therapy (Fango, red light). The Stiftung Warentest confirms the positive effect of heat patches with cayenne pepper or capsaicin: For the “treatment of back pain and tension … the products are considered suitable”.

Active substance and mode of action

Capsaicin is the most important so-called pungent from the hot pepper (chili) and the cayenne pepper.

Skin contact with capsaicin causes severe heat and pain receptors. As a result, the pungent initially causes a burning sensation of pain lasting several hours. This is followed by a period of insensitivity that can last for several days or weeks. Even this effect contributes to the fact that pain is not or less felt.

The skin irritation caused by cayenne pepper has even more effects: the blood circulation in the skin is strongly stimulated by expanding the skin cells near the surface. As a result, inflammatory processes associated with tension or pain are increasingly being combatted.

At the same time, capsaicin penetrates through the skin into the tissue, where it inhibits the activity of prostaglandins. These are substances involved in inflammatory processes and pain perception.

Apply cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper thermal patches are not suitable for everyone. Some people find the heat to be very uncomfortable and too painful. In such cases, you should remove the patches again. Redness and pain then subside within a few hours.

For diabetes and fluctuating high blood pressure, you should ask your doctor before using cayenne pepper medicines.

Medicinal Plant Cayenne Pepper

Apply heat patches only once a day

In general, thermal patches with cayenne pepper or capsaicin should not be used too often because the skin would otherwise be damaged. Most plasters allow a maximum of one application per day. Please pay attention to the respective leaflet.

It is usually advisable to allow at least 12 hours before applying a new cayenne pepper patch. The maximum application time is given by most manufacturers with a maximum of 3 weeks. Creams and ointments can often be applied two to four times a day.

Go to the doctor with persistent back pain

Back pain from tension is the most common reason for applying heat patches. If such back pain does not happen within 6 weeks at the latest, you should consult a doctor. Immediately you should seek medical help if back pain is particularly strong, change greatly or it comes to abnormal sensations such as tingling or numbness, paralysis, and involuntary discharge of urine and stool.

Precautions

Thermal patches or capsaicin-containing preparations must not be combined with other skin irritants such as ointments or red light treatment. It threatens skin damage.

If you have touched the inside of a thermal patch or the cream or ointment with your hands: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. And be careful not to touch mucous membranes and the eye before. Burning pains and watery eyes would be the result.

Thermal patches and other capsaicin-containing products should never be allowed to reach wounds, inflamed skin, eczema, mucous membranes or the eyes. Please read the appropriate warnings and precautions on the package leaflet of the product. It is recommended that you use gloves when applying capsaicin preparations.

Physical exertion can increase the heat development of patches and creams. For example, if you are sensitive to these remedies, you should not use them before exercising or gardening.

Please refrain from additional heat treatments. Your temperature sensation may be lowered to cause burns. Also, avoid sunbeds and sun exposure on the treated areas.

interactions

Taking muscle relaxants (muscle relaxants) can cause itching, redness, and pain that can spread throughout the body. These changes are also possible with a time-delayed application of several hours.

If ACE inhibitors are taken for hypertension, coughing may increase. Coughing is a very typical side effect of these medications.

Side Effects

Redness and pain are desirable effects of treatment with cayenne pepper. If the sensation of heat or pain is particularly severe, you should remove the plaster. If skin reactions do not recede after 3 days at the latest, you should consult a doctor. In case of vesicular and ulcerous lesions, please consult a doctor immediately.

Repeated use may reduce the effect of capsaicin. In addition, temporary damage to superficial nerves is possible.

Inhalation of capsaicin may cause coughing and sneezing.

Allergies

Some capsaicin-containing products contain parabens as preservatives. With a corresponding allergy you should refrain from these products. Of course, capsaicin should not be applied to paprika and cayenne pepper allergy.

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, And Children

As a precaution, ask your doctor before using cayenne pepper during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Of course, patches or creams should not be used around the breast during lactation.

For children under the age of 12, cayenne pepper is not suitable because of the pain associated with the application.

Medicinal Plant Cayenne Pepper (Capsici Fructus Acer) soon

    • promotes skin circulation, relieves pain, inhibits inflammatory processes
    • usually well tolerated, with sensitive skin possibly severe pain
    • do not apply to wounds, should not get in the eyes
    • do not combine with other blood circulation therapies
    • Doctor interview in pregnancy and lactation, diabetes and hypertension
    • Areas of application: Shoulder-arm pain, back pain and other pain due to tension, pain due to joint disease (osteoarthritis), sore muscles, nerve pain.

Medicinal Plant Goldenrod

Goldenrod has a dehydrating and diuretic effect. It is considered a good herbal remedy for urinary tract infections and convulsive pain. Many people swear by goldenrod as a drug for urinary tract infections. Solidago virgaurea is also widely used as a means of flushing urological infections or urinary stones. Whether the individually observed effect is due to the medicinal plant, studies have not been able to prove. Stiftung Warentest describes studies with positive results as methodologically insufficient – and therefore does not consider the effect proven (September 2014).

Medicinal Plant Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

  • dehydrating and diuretic, inhibits inflammation, relieves spasms and pain, effects detected in animal experiments
  • no flushing therapy for edema caused by heart failure or kidney dysfunction
  • do not use in case of allergy to flowers of the pericarp, otherwise no side effects or interactions
  • Areas of application: Prevention and supportive treatment of urinary tract infections, improvement of kidney activity, discharge and prevention of urinary stones, supportive treatment of joint pain in rheumatic diseases and arthritis.

Irrigation Therapy

There is a chicken and egg problem when looking at the goldenrod effect on urinary tract infections or kidney stones. During therapy, patients should drink a lot to stimulate the flow of urine and possibly flush out urinary stones. The positive effect of flushing therapy is undisputed. Not only in urological diseases, the organism benefits from an increased amount of drinking. A drinking volume of 2 to 3 liters per day is generally recommended. Who drinks a lot, also excretes a lot of urine. What contribution goldenrod and other medicinal plants such as bearberry or field chaff peat make is not known.

Medicinal Plant Goldenrod

Active ingredients and mode of action

Goldenrod medicines are extracted from the whole plant (without roots). Depending on the type of goldenrod, usually real or ordinary goldenrod is used, varies the active ingredient composition. Especially effective plant dyes (flavonoids such as rutoside), so-called sesquiterpenes and triterpene saponins, as well as essential oil and some phenol glycosides.

Mode of action

The mode of action of the active ingredients in the goldenrod is – apart from animal experiments – barely studied. Flavonoids are known to be diuretic and dehydrating. Triterpenes are considered anti-inflammatory. What the interaction of these and other agents looks like in detail is unknown.

Laboratory tests have shown that the active ingredients in addition to the diuretic effect also inhibit inflammation and could solve convulsions. This would explain positive effects on joint complaints, rheumatic diseases, and pain. Thanks to the seemingly antispasmodic effect of the goldenrod, many cough-tea mixtures contain goldenrod.

Apply Goldenrod

Goldenrod as a medicinal preparation is mainly available in tablet form and as a fluid. These medicines usually contain only goldenrod. In teas, goldenrod is often combined with other medicinal plants.

No flushing therapy for edema

Anyone who suffers from edema (accumulation of water in the tissue) due to heart failure or kidney dysfunction, should seek medical advice before a flushing therapy. A large amount of fluid can cause serious complications in these circumstances because it puts a strain on the heart and kidneys.

Side effects and interactions

Notable side effects and interactions with and with goldenrod preparations or teas are unknown. At most, it may lead to allergic skin reactions with redness and itching. This is especially true for a daisy allergy.

Children and pregnancy

Some experts advise not to use Goldenrod in children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers because the safety of the medicinal plant has not been proven.

Collect goldenrod

There is an enormous variety of goldenrod species. Who wants to collect the medicinal plants, should therefore arm yourself with a detailed description. The medicinal plant is easy to find in our latitudes – especially in sunny locations near the forest. The best harvest time is the midsummer at the beginning of August when the goldenrod is blooming: just collect the flower-like parts of the plant and dry them in the shade in the air.

Poisonous doppelgangers

Easy to confuse is the goldenrod with the Jacobs Greiskraut. The best way to distinguish the plants on the leaves. The goldenrod is less broad and hardly feathered.

Jacobs ground-weed could be toxic to humans. Farmers are aware of deadly cases of poisoning in cattle and horses when a lot of ground-weed gets into hay or silage.

Goldenrod tea to prepare

Add 2 teaspoons of dried goldenrod to 250 ml of cold water, bring to a boil, and strain for 2 minutes and strain. At the first signs of urinary tract infection or to prevent recurring kidney stones or bladder stones drink about 3 cups per day.

To support flushing therapy, this amount of drinking is not enough. In this case, it should be at least 3 liters per day. Suitable are water, juice spritzers and herbal teas.