Over the years, the scientists globally have been in the pursuit to find medicinal plants to cure illnesses and discover effective drugs to sustain mankind. Towards that end, many realized the importance of smartweed, botanically known as polygonum hydropiperoides. For long, it was known for its hot, peppery flavor and still find its place in many homes across Eurasia and America. The wet ditches and damp soil along banks are the place where one can spot smartweed from a distance.
The herbal therapies that are ancestors and natural healers knew of from centuries are now known to us too. Thanks to the recent studies that have been conducted in this niche. Traditionally, smartweed was known for curing respiratory and gastrointestinal related diseases, but now it has grown in benefits.
The benefits of Smartweed are as follows –
1. Smartweed as an Antioxidant
Oxidation of free radicals is the main reason behind aging. Antioxidant serve as the guard against it. You can definitely lessen the oxidation process with the intake of smartweed.
2. Smartweed for Cholera
A person gets afflicted to cholera when he either drinks contaminated water or eats adulterated food. The decoction of smartweed is the remedy to treat cholera. And it has been practiced by natural healers in the past.
3. Smartweed for Respiratory Ailments
If your respiratory tracts are congested, use smartweed. The herb has been used to treat cough, asthma, sore throat and respiratory infection.
4. Smartweed to Stop Excessive Bleeding
The lance-shaped wavy leaves are known to possess rutin that strengthens the fragile blood capillaries. It stops excessive bleeding.
5. Smartweed for Indigestion
The smartweed is known as the drug that prevents the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. So all the unwanted gas will be expelled from your intestine when you regularly take this.
6. Smartweed for Diuretic
If you are in the habit of going to the loo too frequently, add this ‘smart’ herb in your meal and stop becoming the laughing stock. The smartweed has the capability to stop the excessive passing of urine.
7. Smartweed as a Treatment of Piles
Intake of smartweed herbal medicine can treat piles medicinally known as hemorrhoids.
8. Smartweed as an Oral Contraceptive
Researchers have characterized smartweed as an anti-fertility drug. If you want to prevent conception, use smartweed as an oral contraception.
9. Smartweed for Treating Gastric Ulcer
The herb is known to be rich in quercetin, a flavonoid known to possess antioxidant properties which can help in treating the gastric ulcer.
10. Smartweed for Dysentery
Immerse the smartweed in cold water and let it sit in there for a while. Now, remove the herb and drink this herbal water and see the effect.
11. Smartweed for Toothache
Have an aching tooth or an inflamed gum? Chew the root of this magical herb and lessen the discomfort.
12. Smartweed for Appetite
Don’t you feel hungry? Have you lost your appetite? Take the herb and combat your loss.
13. Smartweed as a Natural Dye
Want to get your white fabric painted to a different color? You know where to seek the solution.
Despite all these benefits, you should take smartweed with caution. As the adage goes, “Anything in excess is bad”, the same holds true for this herb as well. Constant intake might lead to sterility, hence pregnant women should avoid it as it may result in termination.