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Nutritional Supplements Library Yarrow

Nutritional Supplements Library

Yarrow


What is yarrow?

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. It's average height is 2-3 feet. The leaves are 5-20 cm long, bipinnate or tripinnate, almost feathery, and arranged spirally on the stems. There are generally 3 to 8 ray flowers that are ovate to round. The plant commonly flowers from May through June,Yarrow contains isovalerianic acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins.
In ancient times the leaves and flowers of yarrow were eaten and tea-like drink was made from yarrow leaves. Medicinally, fresh leaves of the yarrow plant were applied to wounds to stop bleeding, fight fevers, treat gastrointestinal conditions, lessen heavy menstrual bleeding, and improve circulation.


What is the effective dosage of yarrow supplementation?

The effective dosage (dried herb) is 6 to 12 g per day in divided dosage. If you want to use it it's extract (1:1, 25% ethanol),effective dosage is 1 to 4 mL three times a day.

What are the benefits of yarrow supplementation?

• Yarrow is also a common herbal remedy for bloating, flatulence, and mild gastrointestinal cramping.
• It has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
• It is a mild diuretic.
• It is very effective for wounds, cuts and abrasions.
• It has anti-allergenic property.
• It is effective to clot the blood.


What are the side effects of yarrow?

Yarrow is safe at mild dosage. But side effects of yarrow is not fully understood, more clinical studies are required to establish it.
Cautions-
• It can cause allergic skin reactions.
• It is not for pregnant or breast feeding women.