The cachurera is a herbaceous plant belonging to the family Compositae tubulifloras. It belongs to a genus of plants very similar to each other, but with slight nuances that differentiate each other. It has small thorns trifurcate blond color that lie along the stem. The leaves are narrow and long, green on top and whitish on the underside.
It ignoble breeding places: the edge of roads, old forgotten ruins, etc.., Spread over almost the entire country.
Flowers in summer and fall, all plants of the same gender. This species for medicinal purposes has been used very little, partly because it was not known by the great botanists of antiquity. In any case, the parties that have been used for medical purposes have been the stems and leaves, which must be started just before flowering occurs, so that the plant contains the highest amount of active ingredients.
The lower cachurera been studied very little, especially as we discussed earlier, ie, are not known by our wise ancestors. It is known that contains a resin and small amounts of a substance. In a subsequent study speaks of the presence of certain alkaloids, but does not specify what might be.
The cachurera important pharmacological properties, including diuretic actions include, sudorific and astringent. For these actions is especially useful in cystitis, pyelonephritis (kidney inflammation) and urinary stones. However, there is a plant with very marked virtues. In addition there is now much more effective remedies.
The story goes that the cachurera is a native of South America and entered the Iberian Peninsula through Portugal, hence was not known by botanists of antiquity. Anyway must have not much interest in it, since plants with diuretic effects on the body there are thousands and more familiar and easier to find than the smaller cachurera.
Infusion. Used at a rate of one tablespoon per cup dessert. It can take up to three cups a day after the main meals. In some countries use the whole plant, previously crushed and dried in the form of decoction or infusion for diarrhea and dysentery.
FAMILY: Composite tubulifloras
HABITAT: Roads uncultured
FLOWERING: Summer and autumn
PART USED: Stems and leaves
CASTILIAN: Cadillo menor
CATALAN: Gossets, xoca
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