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BELL HEATHER - 歐石楠
Erica cinerea / Calluna vulgaris

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Infection of urinary bladder and urinary tract, infections in general, kidney stones and grains, increased level of albumin, edema, gout, rheumatism ...

Description

Composition :
100% Erica cinerea flos - 230 mg

Part used :
Blossoming shoots

Bell Heather, or Heather Bell (Erica cinerea) is a evergreen, flowering plant in the 800-member Heather family (Ericaceae), which is native to western and central Europe and today is found growing wild in mountainous regions across the world. It is a low, spreading shrub growing 15 – 60 cm (6-24in) tall, with fine, needle-like leaves, that is drought-tolerant. The purple flowers are bell-shaped and 4 – 7 millimeters (0.16-0.28in) long. In cultivation it displays a broad range of colors.

At bloom, the shoots are harvested and air dried. The dried shoots are either boiled in tea or powdered, for blood cleansing and diuretic effect. Bell Heather has beneficial properties for treatment of kidney and urinary bladder stones, as well as rheumatism and gout. It is equally effective to treat diarrhea, due to the tanning agents contained. The plant is a strong diuretic with strong anti-septic properties (disinfecting the urinary tract). Also used in treatment of renal pelvis infections, E. coli in the urine and prostate infection.

The most important bio-active ingredients are arbutin (a glycosylated hydroquinone), enzymes, tannin, tanning agents, Ericolin, inulin, flavanoids (e.g. hyperoside, quercetin), saponins and minerals (e.g. silica, chalk).

History: Erica is greek, meaning ‘pure’, ‘beautiful’. In medieval times, Bell Heather was used to treat kidney and urinary bladder disorders. Sebastian Kneipp (a 19th century bavarian priest and the inventor of ‚Kneipp Cure‘, or hydrotherapy) re-discovered the plant and included it in his treatments.

Dosage

Take 2-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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