Cuscuta chilensis health benefits
Cuscuta chilensis Ker-Gawl.
Vernacular names: hair of angel, cúscuta, hair of the devil, fume (Mapudungun).
Annual grass up to 40 cm tall, smooth. Stems yellowish, sometimes reddish. Flowers gathered in Venezuelans. Dry, round fruit, with 4 seeds of 1 – 1.5 mm in length.
In traditional medicine the whole plant is used. The population denominates with the name of “hair of angel” (in addition to the other vernacular names) to two species of the Cuscuta genus: C. chilensis and C. micrantha, both morphologically very similar and considered with the same medicinal properties.
In popular medicine angel hair is used as a diuretic and to treat abscesses and inflammation. Commercial presentation: it does not have.
Chilean plant, parasite, without chlorophyll and without leaves, distinguished from the vegetable that has infected (innkeeper) by the yellowish colour of its stems and the white of its small aromatic flowers. It is preferable in the central and southern regions of the country. In terms of agronomic is a very harmful weed, so more than protecting it is trying to eliminate it by all means, considering how difficult it is to end it as it sprouts again stubbornly.
The angel hair grows on trees and shrubs like bolos and pumas, but also attacks sown, mainly of alfalfa, clover, flax, hemp and others. In fact, it can grow on almost any plant.
The world has described 150 species of Cuscuta distributed on all continents except Antarctica.
- a) Internal use: diuretic. The infusion is prepared with a tablespoon of vegetable for 1 litre of freshly boiled water: drink 1 cup 3 times a day.
- b) External use: to treat abscesses (accumulation of pus in the tissues) and inflammation. Use the same infusion in washes or poultice.
Diuretic 1, anti-inflammatory.
Do not administer to pregnant women or in very concentrated oral infusions as it has some toxicity. These products have the character of symptomatic auxiliaries and do not replace what the doctor indicated in the treatment of a disease. When you see your doctor, tell him or her that you are using this medicinal herb. Avoid preparation in aluminium utensils.
Its anti-inflammatory effect has some scientific evidence.
- It promotes and increases the production of urine.