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Yarrow is one of the best diaphoretic herbs and is a standard remedy for aiding the body to deal with fevers.
Many samples contain high concentrations of azulenes, up to about 50%, including chamazulene and guajazulene.
Sesquiterpene lactones: achillin, achillicin, hydroxyachillin, balchanolide, leucodin, millifin, millifolide and many others.
Alkaloids and bases: betonicine (= achilleine), stachydrine, achiceine, moschatine, trigonelline and others.
Miscellaneous: acetylenes, aldehydes, cyclitols, plant acids, etc.
Yarrow is one of the best diaphoretic herbs and is a standard remedy for aiding the body to deal with fevers. It lowers blood pressure due to a dilation of the peripheral vessels. It stimulates the digestion and tones the blood vessels. As a urinary antiseptic it is indicated in infections such as cystitis. Used externally it will aid in the healing of wounds. It is considered to be a specific in thrombotic conditions associated with hypertension.
Priest & Priest tell us that it is a
mild, slow & stimulating diaphoretic: indicated for the first stage of acute febrile reactions. For atonic & relaxed tissues where there is free discharge or passive hemorrhage of bright red blood.
Cold preparations stimulate the appetite and tone the digestive organs. They give the following specific indications: Acute stage of colds, influenza and respiratory catarrhs,
Chronic diarrhea and dysentery,eEpistaxis, intestinal hemorrhage and bleeding hemorrhoids.
Uterine hemorrhage, profuse protracted menstruation and leucorrhoea.
Ellingwood considered it specific for
hot, dry burning skin, at the beginning of acute asthenic fevers, with suppressed secretion; deficient renal action, with renal or urethral irritation; acute or chronic Bright's disease in its incipient stage. Leucorrhoea with relaxed vaginal walls. Menorrhagia and amenorrhoea; hemorrhoids with bloody discharge, atonic gastric and intestinal dyspepsia; passive hemorrhages.
In addition he recommends it for the following pathologies: hematuria, uterine haemorrhage, intestinal irritation, leucorrhoea, fevers, ureamia, oedema, tonsillitis, epididymitis.
- Pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk hot three times a day. When feverish it should be drunk hourly.
- Take 2-4ml of the tincture three times a day.