Indian onions: caution poison
Indian onions refers to poisonous plants, however, it is used in folk medicine as an external agent.Indian onion juice is used to treat inflammatory joint disease, osteoarthritis, neuritis of various origins, and some other diseases.
botanical characteristics of Indian onions
Indian onions (Star of Bethlehem tailed) - is a perennial bulbous plant of the lily family.Grow it mainly as an ornamental and houseplants.
The plant has a large (up to 10 cm in diameter) round, small green onion sitting on top of which are yellowish scales.Directly from the bulbs grow long flat next remnevidnye hanging leaves (width - about 5 cm, length - 30 cm), rolled into tubes at the ends.The ends of the leaves are often dry, while an onion they continue to grow.Each year, the plant grows a leaf, so its age can be determined by counting the number of leaves.Under the scales of bulbs produced numerous subsidiaries bulbs, they are separated from the mother bulb, and grow in any soil.Roots of Indian onion numerous white as cords.
Indian onion blossoms in the spring, in April and May, the flowers are small, in the form of stars, yellowish-white on the outside of the leaves have a green stripe.The flowers are collected in inflorescence resembling hyacinths.In addition to the flowers in the inflorescence has thin green needles sitting on stalks.Fruit - many-sided box contains a flat round black seeds.Of these, the bulbs can be grown.
bow is considered the homeland of the Indian Africa, but in our case it is perfectly grown as an ornamental and medicinal plant.
chemical composition of Indian onions and its effect on the human body
chemical composition of Indian onions is not fully understood.But it found that its leaves and bulbs contain many biologically active substances including alkaloids (nitrogen-containing substances which have a pronounced effect on the human body, are often toxic) and colchicine kolhamin.
Colchicine has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, prevents deposition in tissues of uric acid salts Uric acid - a normal level? (protivopodagricakih action).However, this substance is toxic and can cause poisoning.Kolhamin - is also an alkaloid, but is less toxic than colchicine.
Moreover, Indian onions contain essential oils, vegetable proteins, organic acids, mineral salts, volatile (they have a bactericidal effect).
Indian onions improves local blood circulation, reduces swelling tissue and lymph flow from the inflamed tissue, activates the metabolism improves metabolism and losing weight without dieting , prevents thrombosis.
As used in Indian folk medicine onion
Applied Indian onions only externally with osteochondrosis, inflammatory and metabolic disorders of the joints, muscular and neuralgic pains, gout attacks Gout - the "disease of kings» , insect bites, bruises.
to treat cut the oldest, drying soil leaves Indian bow.Used mainly fresh juice of the leaves by rubbing them sick part of the body or by applying to the skin cut sheet and wrapped top.First, it causes severe burning, dilation of blood vessels and blood flow, followed by pain and inflammation are gradually reduced.
But it happens that sometimes an Indian bow accidentally taken orally, and it is difficult to avoid poisoning.Nor can we avoid getting into Indian onion juice in the eye.
recipes of traditional medicine with Indian onions
There are many recipes for the treatment of Indian onions:
- alcoholate: crushed leaves of Indian onions pour vodka at the rate tablespoon per 100 ml, put in a dark place for a month,shaking occasionally, then strain, squeeze and hold the tincture in the fridge;
- mix for compression: two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of aloe juice Aloe - its amazing healing properties of and three tablespoons of alcohol tincture of Indian onions together, moisten the gauze applied to aching joints, put a piecepolyethylene, cotton, bandage, wrap up and leave for an hour;It helps with arthritis, arthritis, gout, osteochondrosis.
But we must remember that the juice of the Indian onion is very irritating to the skin, so before the first application of its worth checking out as it is sensitive to the skin of the person.Sometimes it causes skin swelling and blistering, in which case it can not be used.Check sensitivity can lubricate the juice of a small area of skin on the inner surface of the forearm.If irritation is very strong, the plant is better not to use the treatment.
Indian onions - a plant that is not yet fully understood, so its use should be taken with caution.