Properties and application of evening primrose
Evening primrose, or evening primrose, was introduced to Europe at the beginning of the XVII century. from North America. In the first half of the next century, it was actively used in folk and traditional medicine as a medicine, as well as in cosmetology. What therapeutic effect it has and how to properly use plant materials to eliminate problems with women's health, read below.
The type of primrose in question is one of the most popular, due to its medicinal properties. It is a small plant, up to 25 cm high, from the Cypress family. The sheets are wrinkled, painted green, elliptical in shape. Flowers are collected in umbrella inflorescences. Painted in bright yellow. Exudes a pleasant strong aroma. The growth of interest in evening primrose as a drug sharply increased after studying its chemical composition.
Did you know? In Europe in the 19th century evening primrose was used as food. Young leaves and roots were placed in salads, soups, and also used instead of tea and coffee with appropriate processing.
All parts of the plant contain a large number of useful compounds, among which the most significant are:
- alpha tocopherol;
- vitamin C;
- fatty acid;
- amino acids;
The main property of the plant in question is its ability to have a complex effect on the whole organism. This makes it possible to very widely use raw materials in the treatment of various pathologies. In folk medicine, all parts of the plant are used. In pharmacology, oil and preparations in capsules are produced from evening primrose, which also have a very wide spectrum of action. They are used as an additional tool in complex therapy.
Raw materials can be used in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system. Due to its rich chemical composition, an active effect on the cells of the nervous system is carried out, which allows to accelerate their regeneration. This helps to reduce irritability, improve sleep quality, and stabilize blood pressure.
Admission is indicated for neurosis of varying degrees, vegetovascular dystonia. The use of drugs based on this raw material will be advisable after treatment with antidepressants, when the body needs recovery and there is a withdrawal effect.
Due to the presence of various acids and vitamin C, the raw material has an anti-inflammatory effect. Due to their combination with flavonoids, it is possible not only to destroy foreign microorganisms, but also to increase the stimulation of the production of their own antibodies.Such an effect significantly accelerates recovery from viral diseases. In addition, primrose helps to improve the condition in inflammatory processes in the musculoskeletal system, oral mucosa (stomatitis, gingivitis, etc.).
Flavonoids are natural antibiotics. They have an active antibacterial effect in various inflammatory processes.. Best of all, these substances are absorbed by the body from natural products, which is evening primrose. They themselves are not produced, therefore, in the presence of pathological processes, a combination of pharmacy antibacterial drugs and plant extracts will be effective, unless, of course, there are contraindications to a particular product.
Tannins have an astringent effect.This effect is manifested by direct contact of these compounds with mucous membranes, skin, and wounds. The surface of the fabric is compacted. Due to the non-specific physicochemical conversion of cell colloids, exudate, mucus, extracellular fluid, a protective film is formed when interacting with proteins, which reduces permeability.
As a result, the harmful effects of environmental factors are eliminated, as well as:
- pain is stopped;
- vessels are narrowed;
- the reproduction of pathological microorganisms in the lesion is blocked;
- bleeding stops;
- vascular walls become denser.
The human body is structured so that every second it takes place the processes of cell death, building new and replacing them with old ones. Tissues are made up of amino acids. Due to their large number in the composition of evening primrose, metabolic processes are stimulated.
Did you know? In Germany, primrose was considered the key to a married life for a girl. If she is lucky enough to find a flower on Easter, then by the end of the year she will certainly find her other half.
Accelerating cell regeneration makes it possible to reduce the risks of developing various diseases associated with the destruction of tissues of the musculoskeletal system (protrusion, etc.), the nervous system (atherosclerosis, nervous disorders), skin (premature aging, peeling, inflammation). It also allows you to increase metabolism and fight obesity, the appearance of problems with the endocrine system, hormonal disruptions.
The wound healing effect is ensured by tannins and amino acids. The former actively stimulate the appearance of a kind of protective film, the latter accelerate the regeneration. This property allows you to eliminate hyperemia, relieve pain, increase resistance to external factors.Due to the destruction of harmful microorganisms in the lesion, which is provided by tannins, it is possible to avoid such an unpleasant phenomenon as sepsis, rotting of wound surfaces.
Thanks to a harmonious combination of enzymes, acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, plant extract stimulates the immune processes. All substances are fully absorbed by the body to an adequate extent. This allows the use of raw materials as an immunomodulator, homeopathy in the prevention of colds. Due to the presence of flavonoids, the effectiveness of antibiotics can be increased.
The considered agent can be used as a prophylactic element, if there are prerequisites for the formation of tumors. For example, when a person works in hazardous work or in the anamnesis of relatives there are oncological diseases that can be transmitted genetically.Flavonoid quercetin provides an antitumor effect. Due to its combination with other useful elements, the increase in the protective functions of the body is stimulated, which, in fact, significantly reduces the risk of neoplasm formation.
The tangible benefits for the body are provided at the expense of antioxidants. They contribute to the improvement of metabolic processes. This allows you to prevent premature aging, increase the tone of the skin and muscles. In addition, antioxidants stimulate energy metabolism, which helps to relieve tension of the nervous system, improve mental activity, as well as a surge of strength.
This plant stimulates the elimination of toxins from the body. The effect is achieved due to antioxidants and flavonoids. By accelerating the metabolic processes in the gastric tract, the elimination of salts and other harmful compounds in a natural way is ensured. The tool can be used for poisoning, as well as for weight loss.
Given all the actions already described, an anti-edematous effect is also provided.Due to the stimulation of metabolic processes, it is possible to achieve the elimination of excess fluid from the tissues. This allows you to strengthen blood vessels and reduce pressure on them. This property will be effective in eliminating the risks of plaque, varicose veins and other problems with the cardiovascular system.
A useful primrose flower can also have a diuretic effect. This feature is actively used in the treatment and prevention of various pathologies of the genitourinary system. Due to the high content of beneficial elements that are rapidly absorbed into the blood, it is possible to avoid such a side effect as leaching of calcium, in contrast to the use of conventional diuretic pharmaceutical preparations.
Benefit and harm for women
The positive effect for the female body from the use of such a remedy is obvious. However, you should be careful with it during pregnancy. Before, when medicine was not so developed, the extract was used to stimulate labor. The tool allows you to accelerate uterine contractions.Today, for this purpose, kelp is used more often (to increase the opening of the fallopian tube) and hormonal drugs (to accelerate uterine contractions). You can not take primrose on your own, so as not to provoke premature birth. But it can be prescribed by the attending physician for certain indications.
Specialists in gynecology quite often use plant extracts as adjuvants for various deviations in the work of the female reproductive system. In particular, the indication for the use of evening primrose is adenomyosis. This disease occurs as a result of a pathological increase in the amount of endometrial tissue. Its cells germinate inside the intermediate and muscle layers of the uterus. As a result, inflamed seals form.
Pathology is at risk of developing malignant tumors in affected areas. Also, inflamed areas can interfere with fertilization and gestation. In the treatment of this disease, complex therapy will be used, completely depending on the degree of complexity of the pathology. If the disease was detected at the initial stage, then it may be possible to get along with medications and an immunomodulator, which this plant acts as.In such cases, evening primrose oil or capsules with its extract can be used. The first option is taken in 1 tsp. before meals in the morning and evening. Capsules are taken 2 or 3 at a time. Multiplicity of meals per day - 2 or 3 before meals. Be sure to drink plenty of water. A more accurate dosage is prescribed by the doctor.
In addition to adenomyosis, plant extract can be prescribed for:
- mastopathy and PMS;
- ovarian cyst;
- endometriosis and infertility;
- joint pain.
With mastopathy and PMS
With mastopathy and PMS, this tool will help restore the normal functionality of the endocrine system, hormonal levels, reduce pain and increase immunity. With mastopathy, primrose extract is taken along with antibiotics. Treatment is continued from 1 to 6 months. intermittently. The term completely depends on the complexity of the pathological process, the condition of the patient.
Important! In the treatment of gynecological diseases that can lead to the formation of a malignant tumor, the extract of primrose medicinal cannot replace the main therapy, but is only an adjuvant.
Oil is taken 1-2 hours a day before meals. Capsules three times a day for 3 pcs. at a time, also before meals. In case of painful PMS, primrose can completely replace a drug such as Remens. It is also more effective than flaxseed extract (it is also used in the treatment of problems associated with the menstrual cycle).Primrose oil is best for these purposes. It is prescribed for 1 hour per day for 3 months. In the morning it is drunk on an empty stomach in its pure form or diluted with honey.Throughout the year, 2 courses are carried out with a break between them of 2 months. A similar approach is used when a woman enters the menopause phase and suffers from frequent hot flashes.
With ovarian cyst
With the development of such a pathology at the initial stage, the treatment regimen will be the same as with a painful PMS. Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed as the main therapy. Treatment takes place under strict supervision. Be sure to 2 times a month. to control an ultrasound scan.
With endometriosis and infertility
With endometriosis, a treatment regimen is used, as is the case with adenomyosis. Be sure to strictly follow the regimen prescribed by your doctor. With infertility, the extract will be effective only if it is triggered by hormonal disruptions.Take daily 1 hour oil in the morning on an empty stomach or 1 capsule 3 times a day before meals for 3 months. In addition, various examinations for the detection of pathologies are shown. Also, during the treatment period, you must follow the diet prescribed by the doctor, adhere to a healthy lifestyle.
In preparation for childbirth
As already described above, this tool is not used in preparation for childbirth. To date, there is a sufficient number of drugs to reduce the pain of this process. It will be advisable to use it if pregnancy is only planned. At this stage, it is used as an immunomodulator, to restore the hormonal background or eliminate problems with the menstrual cycle.
When planning pregnancy, primrose oil or capsules are used. The first option is taken in the morning on an empty stomach for 1 hour 20 minutes before meals. If the medicinal raw material is in the encapsulated version, then 1 piece is drunk per day. thrice 20 minutes before meals. The course lasts 1-2 months, depending on the individual characteristics of the woman’s health.
For joint pain, tincture on the leaves of evening primrose is effective.
To prepare it, you need:
- 500 ml of ethyl alcohol or purified vodka;
- 200 g of plant material.
The ingredients are mixed and insisted in a dark, cool room for 2 weeks. When pain occurs, they are used as a warming agent. It is applied to the affected area and rubbed in a circular motion. They are manipulated 2 times a day - in the morning and in the evening.
Important! Do not use evening primrose for children under 16 years of age. It can cause irreparable harm to a growing body.
The course is 7-10 days. In combination with grinding, you can take oil or capsules. For a month, they drink oil for 1 hour in the morning before eating. If the drug is in capsules, then 1 pc. 3 times a day before meals. This approach will help to quickly fill up the lack of nutrients and prevent relapse.
This tool in some cases can harm the body. Side effects occur when the dosage is exceeded or when a person does not know that he has a contraindication to taking the extract. They manifest in the form of nausea, vomiting, dizziness, skin rash.
- Cases when the reception of evening primrose is not permissible:
- individual intolerance to raw materials;
- exacerbation of gastrointestinal diseases;
Evening primrose is quite popular in medicine and cosmetology. It is used strictly as prescribed by the doctor in the treatment of various pathological conditions. Available in the form of oil, capsules or part of bioadditives.