Altai Rhaponticum carthamoides (the maral root) in scientific medicine is applied as excitant at functional disorders of the central nervous system; fortifying and tonic – at mental, physical overwork and the lowered working capacity. The greatest effect Rhaponticum carthamoides shows as an adaptagen and psychogogic agent at treatment of patients with an acrimony and fatigability, a headache, the insomnia which is followed by bad dreams, a hyporexia, bad mood, lowered by sexual activity, various vegeto-vascular disturbances at restoration of forces during convalescence. Broths and extracts of a Rhaponticum carthamoides are useful at the general delicacy, they increase work of heart, stimulate reductions of cross-striped muscles, dilate peripheric blood vessels, enlarge rate of a blood flow, positively influence arterial blood pressure, increase working capacity, accelerate an adhesion of wounds. Honey of a Rhaponticum carthamoides is widely used in gynecologic practice and also it is recommended at vegeto-vascular dystonia.
Contraindications and side effects
Contraindications and the expressed by-effects at treatment of Rhaponticum carthamoides aren't taped. But prolonged use and an overdosage of a root of a Rhaponticum carthamoides can cause permanent rising of pressure, retardation of a rhythm and augmentation of amplitude of cordial reductions. Administration of drugs of a Rhaponticum carthamoides isn't recommended at the increased nervous excitability, insomnia and before going to bed and also it is forbidden to apply them at the started forms of a cardiosclerosis and to hypertensive patients. It is contraindicative to apply Rhaponticum carthamoides oil to a skin less, than for an hour before acceptance of solar bathtubs.
Raw materials preparation
Are engaged in preparation of raw materials after maturing of seeds in August and the first half of September. Rhizomes with roots dig out, clean from sand and the earth, cut off elevated parts and quickly wash out. Within 2-3 days air from excess moisture, and then dry in dryers at a temperature not above 40-60 C or in the sun on the special racks which are well blown by wind. At preparation of raw materials it is necessary to leave not less than 2-4 plants on each 10 m² as thickets of a Rhaponticum carthamoides are restored very slowly (within 15-20 years). The dried-up rhizomes 1,5 cm thick and 15 cm long. Color of rhizomes and numerous roots outside from brownish brown to almost black, on a break pale yellow. The smell is peculiar tarry, on taste slightly sweetish.
Rhizomes and roots of a Rhaponticum carthamoides contain tarry substances, an essential oil, tannins, alkaloids, gum, carotene, ascorbic acid. In raw materials also triterpene glycosides, flavonoids, glycosides, ekzisteron, an inulin, Retinolum, vitamin C, mineral salts, in particular are allocated to phosphorus salt. The plant accumulates iron, copper, aluminum.
Medicines of a Rhaponticum carthamoides possess toning, exciting, all-strengthening, stimulating with actions in general on a human body. The fitoekdizons which are contained in underground bodies have salutary effect on a metabolism. Rhaponticum carthamoides has the adaptagene and psychostimulating action – increases resistance to adverse effects, has unique effect on impotence, regulates arterial blood pressure at hypotensive persons, normalizes amount of hemoglobin and erythrocytes in blood. Oil of a Rhaponticum carthamoides possesses anti-sclerous action, increases visual acuity at fatigue and overfatigue and also the anesthetizing action at a neurotic headache, heart neurosises, spasms of digestive organs. Besides, oil of a Rhaponticum carthamoides possesses psychoemotional action: removes strong excitement, overfatigue, eliminates a depression, promotes concentration of attention, increases intellectual and physical activity, stimulates the creative potential, communication and rhetoric.
Application in traditional medicine
In recent years Rhaponticum carthamoides or the maral root takes the noticeable place among herbs. In traditional medicine of Siberia the plant is used as tonic at the general weakness, breakdown, for increase in working capacity and at overfatigue and also for improvement of work of heart, normalization of pressure, at impotence, chronic alcoholism. Broths and extracts also use for a raising of a tone of face skin, prevention of emergence of wrinkles. In the presence of wrinkles broth of a root of a levzea is applied in the form of lotions and wiping of skin. At treatment of baldness extract of rhizomes of a levzea is applied inside along with external use.
Altai Rhaponticum carthamoides (the maral root)
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