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  Equisetum L.
 
Scientific Name  Equisetum L.
Family Name  Equisetaceae
Common Name  Horsetail, Scouring rush, Bottle brush, Cola de caballo
Photo link  authorpics/equisetumPic.cfm
Studies on Diabetes  Eleven recently diagnosed Type II Diabetic patients showed 11% decrease in glucose levels over a 90 minute period. (Revilla, 2003).
Other Uses  Urinary tract stones, edema, wound healing (Johnson 2002).
Formulations used by  Informants  Cold infusion
Phytochemistry  Astragalin, chicoric acid, cucurbic acid, several pyrones, jasmonic acid, palustrine, populnin, protogenkwanin, flavanones, flavones (Chapman and Hall/ CRC, Version 13:1; 1982-2005)
Potential Adverse  Effects  Dermatitis; thiamine deficiency has been noted, nicotine-like toxicity has been noted (NMCD; http://www.naturaldatabase.com/monograph.asp?mono_id=843&brand_id=, accessed 5/1/04).
Potential Medication  Interactions  May increase effects of diabetic medication; may increase effects of diuretic medications (NMCD; accessed 5/1/04)
References  http://www.itis.usda.gov/index.html

 

 

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