What is Hydrraste for and how to use

Hydraste is a medicinal plant, also known as yellow root, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, being effective to help treat conjunctivitis and fungal infections, for example, in addition to strengthening the immune system and leaving the person more protected against microbial diseases.

The scientific name of the hydraste isHydrastis canadensis L.and can be found in health food stores.

What is the Hydraste for

The hydraste has digestive, expectorant, astringent, stimulating, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiandrogenic, antidiarrheal and homeostatic properties. Thus, the hydraste can be used to:

  • Help in the treatment of conjunctivitis and eye irritation;
  • Relieve symptoms of digestive problems, such as diarrhea, colitis, dyspepsia and gastritis, for example.
  • Assist in the treatment of nasal congestion, sore throat and ulcers;
  • Help in the treatment of infections by fungi, parasites and bacteria.

In addition, hydraste can be used to relieve hemorrhoid symptoms and to combat excessive menstruation, for example.

How to use the Hydraste

The used part of the hydraste is its root and can be used to make teas and infusions. To make hydraste tea, simply add 1 teaspoon of hydraste in 250 ml of boiling water and leave for about 15 minutes. Then strain and use.

Side effects and contraindications

The side effects of using hydraste arise when consumed in high quantities and without the recommendation of a doctor or herbalist, and there may be a needling sensation in the hands, a decrease in white blood cells, nausea and vomiting.

Hydraste should not be consumed by pregnant women, as it stimulates uterine contractions, which can cause a miscarriage, women in the lactation phase and people with hypertension, as they can increase the pressure even more.