Useful and medicinal properties of Leuzea safflower

  • Useful and medicinal properties of Leuzea safflower

    ( alpine alpine)

    Perennial herbaceous plant 0.5-1.5 m tall. Rhizome shortened, woody, horizontal, with traces of last year's stems and numerous lobed-rooted roots. Stems erect, unbranched, under the inflorescences cobwebby, furrowed. Leaves are regular, simple, deeply pinnatized on 5-8 pairs of dentate lobes;the lower ones are petiolate, they grow upward along the stalk in size and become sessile. Inflorescence is a single basket with a tiny wrapper, the leaves of which are covered with filmy, incised fringes and downwardly bent appendages. Receptacle bristly. Flowers are purple, bisexual, five-membered, pestle one, with the lower

    ovary. Fruits - testes brown, with a tuft. Blossoms in July-August. Fruits ripen in September-October.

    Alpine alpine, or levzia safflower, grows on subalpine, less often alpine meadows of Altai, Sayan, Dzhungar Alatau, Khamar-Daban.

    Medicinal raw materials are rhizomes with roots. Collect them in autumn or spring, preferably in autumn. Rhizomes are cleared from the ground, washed in cold water and dried in the air in the shade. They are stored cut into pieces, well dried in the air. Shelf life is up to 3 years.

    The composition of the rhizome and roots includes insulin, essential oil, resins, salts, oxalates and phosphates, vitamins A and C.

    It has been established that preparations of levzeya safflower have an exciting effect on the central nervous system, increase the capacity for mental and physical fatigue. Long-term use can cause a persistent increase in blood pressure, slowing the rhythm and increasing the amplitude of the heart beat. Leuzea is used in hypotension, physical and mental fatigue, increased sleepiness. Assigned inside as a liquid extract and tincture drops. The treatment period is 2-3 weeks.

    In folk medicine there is an expression of levzeya: "maral grass raises a person from 14 diseases and pours it with youth."In Siberia, decoctions of roots and aerial parts are used as a stimulant for fatigue, fatigue( in patients, workability improves, they become more calm and cheerful) and reduce sexual activity( restore sexual activity).

    Leuzea extract as a tonic is added to beverages like lemonade.


    Tincture 20%: 20-30 drops 2-3 times daily before meals.

    Extract in relation to the raw material to the extractor 1: 1.