Alchemilla is a medicinal plant particularly suitable for women as it helps to fight both painful or overly abundant periods as well as against premenstrual syndromes or vaginal ailments such as white discharge. Anti-diarrheal, this perennial plant of the rosacea family can also be used in cases of mild diarrhea.
Scientific names: Alchemilla vulgaris L , Alchemilla xanthrochlora
Common names: lion's foot, alchemist plant, Notre Dame coat, rabbit's paw, pink door, griffin foot
English names: lady's mantle, bear's football, lion's football
Botanical classification: rosacea family (Rosaceae)
Forms and preparations: infusions, decoctions, liquid extracts, dyes
Medicinal properties of the Alchemilla
Antidiarrheal: Alchemilla is indicated for mild diarrhea, especially in pregnant women.
Astringent and calming: it helps to alleviate period pain as well as gastrointestinal disorders. It is also useful for dealing with premenstrual syndrome and helping to regulate menstruation.
Antioxidant: Flavonoids in the alchemy help maintain good blood circulation (fighting heavy legs).
Cicatrisant: Alchemilla stops bleeding, especially those due to excessive periods, at the time of premenopause for example.
In external use, due to its decongestant properties, alchemy is recommended to relieve people with heavy legs, but also to treat vaginal ailments such as white loss. Taken in mouthwash, it also helps to maintain good oral hygiene.
USUAL THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS
Alchemilla can be used for mild diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders and, above all, gynecological disorders, including period pain, premenstrual syndrome, vaginal conditions such as white discharge. It also helps relieve people with heavy legs and swollen ankles, as well as maintain oral hygiene and treat sores.
OTHER PROVEN THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS
Because of its high tannin content, alchemy helps to heal skin sores and ulcers. In compresses, it fights cellulite and is also effective against stretch marks. Other virtues of alchemy include that it is useful for angina, headache, and people with rheumatism.
History of the use of Alchemilla in herbal medicine
The alchemy owes its name to the alchemists who regarded the dew of its leaves as celestial water essential to the preparation of the philosopher’s stone. In the Middle Ages, this plant was already used in herbal medicine, but it was then supposed to… restore their virginity to women and shine withered breasts. This is also where its name comes from “lady’s mantle” (lady’s coat) since the plant was known to firm the tissues of the female genital tract by wrapping it like a coat.
The Alchemilla appeared in 1570 in a treatise by Andrés Laguna de Segovia, a Spanish doctor, pharmacologist, and botanist who recommended it as an infusion to treat cracks and fractures in babies and young children, but also in powder associated with red wine to treat all kinds of wounds. It was in fact at the beginning of the 20th century that the Swiss priest and herbalist Johann Konzle demonstrated his usefulness in the relief of premenstrual pain, but also in the preparation of childbirth.
Botanical description of the Alchemilla
A perennial plant native to Europe and North America, alchemy grows in many environments, from woods to wet pastures, from meadows to mountains, and of course through the beds of our gardens. There are actually more than fifty species of alchemy. The one commonly used in herbal medicine is the common alchemy, otherwise known as the vulgar alchemilla Vulgaris. It’s light green stem with reddish reflections measures 10 to 30 centimeters. Its fluffy leaves have a circular shape and consist of seven to eleven toothed lobes. The alchemy blooms between May and October, during which time the plant produces small yellow flowers that turn green.
Composition of the Alchemilla
In herbal medicine, the leaves of the alchemy are used, but without their petioles.
Alchemy contains gallic tannins, which help stop bleeding, but also flavonoids, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, salicylic acid, phytosterols, saponins as well as palmitic and stearic acids.
Use and dosage of Alchemilla
In internal use, alchemy is mainly consumed as an infusion: 2 to 4.5 grams of dried leaves infused in 200 ml of water will make it possible to make a herbal tea that can be drunk two to three cups a day to stop mild diarrhea or relieve painful periods. In decoction, at the rate of two to four cups a day of 7 g dried leaves in 200 ml of water, the alchemy is close to gynecological disorders.
In external use, the alchemy can be used in seat baths, gargles or simply mixed with bath water (for example, in case of leg heaviness). In this case, the dosage is 50 g of dried aerial parts infused in a litre of water.
Precautions for the use of the Alchemilla
Because of its progesterone-like action, alchemy should be used with great care by anyone taking oral contraceptives.
Alchemy is contraindicated to people with gastritis or peptic ulcer.
Because of its high tannin content, alchemy is likely to promote constipation if absorbed in high doses or for an extended period of time.
INTERACTIONS WITH MEDICINAL PLANTS OR SUPPLEMENTS
Combined with some plants, alchemy can promote weight loss.
INTERACTIONS WITH DRUGS
No known interaction.
THE BENEFITS OF Alchemilla
Alchemy is a plant typically intended for women as it will help relieve disorders such as gynecological conditions or pain due to menstruation. Its action called “progesterone-like”, that is to say, close to progesterone, therefore hormonal, makes it a very good remedy against premenstrual syndromes, but also during premenopause, in case of abundant periods or irregular cycles. Taken as an infusion, alchemy can also treat mild diarrhea in a pregnant woman. Its scientifically recognized properties make it one of the ideal medicinal plants for women.
It is important to use the alchemy at the recommended doses, or then suffer from constipation. If symptoms persist, gynaecological pain or severe diarrhea, it is necessary to consult your doctor. Alchemy is not a substitute for an antibiotic, for example.