common Stork’s-bill


Common Stork’s-bill is an annual, biennial plant in case of a warm winter, 60 cm tall. The plant forms a rosette of rhizome leaves on long stems, the leaves of the stem are arranged alternately along the entire length of the stem. The stem and leaves of the plant are covered with sticky, long hairs, so the whole plant is sticky and rough. Flowers pink-hued or pink-purple in color, 1-2 cm in diameter. Fruits - dry, brown-green, beak-shaped box.

The above-ground part of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. It is collected during the flowering period of the plant, from April to September. The plant is cut along with the root rosette. The plant is dried spread out in the sun or in forced dryers at a temperature not exceeding 45-50C. The finished drug is stored in paper bags and stored for no longer than 2 years.

Chemically, this plant has been studied enough. Common Stork’s-bill contains flavonoids, organic acids, saponins from the triterpene group, sugars, resins and tannins, as well as acetylcholine, vitamins C and K, calcium and other trace elements. Vegetable fats were found in the seeds of Common Stork’s-bill .

Medicinal significance

The healing properties of Common Stork’s-bill are related to the rich chemical composition of this plant. Tanning substances provide an astringent effect. Ascorbic acid and vitamin C together with flavonoids provide anti-bleeding properties. Acetylcholine helps to remove spasms in peripheral blood vessels.

Valuable properties of this plant are also known in folk medicine. The plant extract is used in case of internal organ bleeding, it also treats angina, stomatitis, pharyngitis, convulsions, and non-healing wounds are also rinsed with it.

A decoction of Common Stork’s-bill is an effective remedy for colds, lung inflammation and pleurisy. It is also used for flatulence and diarrhea.

In folk medicine, a decoction of Common Stork’s-bill is used as a remedy for angina pectoris.

The plant is also used externally to treat skin hernias and boils.

Not recommended for use

The plant is non-toxic, but it also has its side effects. It would not be desirable to give it to children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as to use in case of diabetes and hypertension, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, increased blood clotting.