Tormentila (Potentilla erecta)
Perennial plant whose tough rhizome buried in the ground emerged a series of slender stems and slender, but quite weak in comparison with the rhizome of departing. These stems are sometimes not strong enough to stand up, so in these cases are crawling on the floor. Stem green leaves that have come out on its perimeter a series of deep fissures that divide, there seems to more than one sheet, which is why sietenrama called. We find this plant in the northern half of the peninsula, but also located in selected mountain areas of the south.
FLOWERINGFlowering starts in April, stretching into the late summer in selected mountain areas. It produces yellow flowers that are located in the axils of the leaves individually. Harvesting takes place in late summer, collecting the rhizome. For better conservation are recommended a series of cuts in the same order to reduce the size of the portion to dry, in which case it proceeds to an operation much faster, thus improving the outcome. Its cultivation can be done both by seed and cuttings.
APPLICATIONSThe rhizome and roots contain large amounts of tannins that gives it a catechist astringent action, thanks to which it is appropriate in cases of diarrhea and also to apply to the skin, and healing to thrush, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, pharyngitis, vaginitis, bruises and sores. It also contains polyphenols and to a lesser amount, you can detect the presence of essence. This makes it a good anti-infective gastrointestinal, because it acts against inflammation, is also a good styptic to be used in cases of metrorrhagia, that is, urinary tract bleeding.
ADMINISTRATIONDecoction. Twenty-five grams were added to dried rhizome of a liter of water, letting it boil for ten minutes, then proceed to make filtration. It can take up to three cups a day to get an effect as well as gastrointestinal anti-infective, along with an antidiarrheal effect.
Powder. It may take a gram of the root is fine spray, three times a day, being the most convenient and usual to the capsule.
Decoction for external use. It took forty grams of rhizome, adding to a liter of water and letting it boil for fifteen minutes. The liquid obtained after cooling to room temperature can be used to make douching or as a mouthwash.
HABITAT: Fields decalcified
PART USED: Root and rhizome
USESAntidiarrheal Strong, Astringency, Hemostatic Moderate.