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The healing power of Tormentil

  1. The devil was angry with the tormentil because he healed all the sick. He therefore bit off the root of the tormentil; since then this plant has had a short, thick truncated root. Witches use tormentil in witch's ointment. It is an ancient medicinal herb and is mainly used against throat diseases, white fluids and diarrhea problems.

Naming tormentil

  1. Tormentil, just like the Potentilla Anserina or silver chew, falls under the Rosaceae. In Latin tormentil is called Potentilla Erecta. Potentilla comes from potent, meaning 'powerful'. 'Erecta' means 'upright' and refers to the upright flowers of this plant. In Dutch

History of medicinal use of tormentil

  1. Dioscorides, pioneer of medicine and herbal science who worked for the ancient Romans, prescribed tormentil for toothache, oral mucosal infections, stomach ache and diarrhea. From the 16th century, people began to use this low-growing plant against cramps and white tides. Rembert Dodoens, the pioneering herbal scientist

Active ingredients tormentil

  1. Tormentil only uses the rhizome that can be harvested in the Northern Hemisphere around March April or in the fall. Tannins are the main effective ingredients in this plant. Flobafeen is the tanning agent that provides the red color of the carrot. Other tannins in tormentil are: catechogallate, ellagen acid, agrimoniin, tannins, gallic acid, pedunculagine, leavigatin B and F. Other substances that tormentil is rich in are: tormentoside, tormentiline, quinovic acid, coffee acid, p-coumaric acid, sinapic acid, organic acids]

Consult the herbalist

  1. Anyone who wants to use tormentil as a medicinal product is recommended to take a consultation with a herbalist. Tormentile extracts and medicines in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract and capsules should only be taken on prescription by authorized persons. A doctor or herbalist can inform you about this, as well as about any side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in herbal medicine.

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