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  • Cowberry useful properties

    Cowberry is an evergreen shrub 10-30 cm tall, with a long creeping rhizome from which upright stems rise, growing in coniferous forests on moist soils and peat bogs. Stems erect, branched. The leaves of the cowberry are round-elliptical, dark green, leathery from above, covered with dark points of glands from below. Flowers are small, campanulate, pale pink, collected in racemose inflorescences. Blooms in May-June, ripens in late July, early August. Fruit - juicy, dark red berries, when stored, does not deteriorate( due to the content of benzoic acid in it, preserving the product).Blooms in May-June. Fruits ripen in August-September.

    This evergreen shrub grows in coniferous and mixed forests, sometimes on peat bogs, in the entire forest zone of Russia, is found even in the tundra.

    Medicinal forms: the broth is prepared from 3-4 spoons of dried leaves of cranberries, which are poured with 300 ml of water at room temperature, boiled for 15-20 minutes. Dried leaves can be brewed in the form of tea. Berries are used fresh in a glass of berries a day.

    Medicinal raw materials are leaves collected before flowering or in early spring from under snow, red berries that have a sweet and sour taste as they mature. The raw materials are dried in darkened rooms, stored in packages or in cans with lids. The dried leaves do not have a smell, their taste is bitter, astringent.

    The treatment mainly uses leaves that contain glycosides: arbutin( 5-7%), flavanol( 0.5-0.6%), hydroquinone, erythinol and erycumin, many tannins( 14-15%), gallic,ellagic, quinine and tartaric acid, vitamin C.

    Mature berries of cranberries contain up to 7% of sugars, mainly glucose and fructose, citric, malic and benzoic acids, a small amount of tartaric acid, tannins, glycosides - arbutin and vaccine,, vitamin C and traces of carotene. Cowberry has a high content of manganese.

    Cowberry leaves act like leaves of bearberry and have a diuretic, antiseptic and astringent properties. They are used in the form of infusion as a diuretic for renal stone disease, rheumatism, gout, gall bladder stones, as well as for liver diseases and as an astringent for stomach disease. Leaves are part of diuretics and, although have a diuretic effect, when treating night incontinence of urine in children are healthy.

    Mature berries have anti-corpuscle, antiscorbutic properties. They are successfully used for diarrhea and other digestive disorders, as well as for increasing appetite.

    In addition to benzoic acid, cranberries also contain organic acids - lemon and apple, as well as oxalic( patients with nephrolithiasis should be careful).

    Contains cowberries are also sugars, vitamin C( about 20 mg), carotene, glycosides, arbutin and vatsiyinin, acting in inflammatory diseases of the ureters, and many mineral salts, mainly potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

    Cowberry is considered to be a medicinal plant, curative and leaves containing biologically active substances, and berries.

    The ripening of cranberry berries depends on a number of factors: temperature, precipitation during the growing season, weediness of the site, nutritional conditions, water supply, etc. Therefore, the calendar cleaning times may differ slightly. Most of the cultivars of cowberries tend to yield two crops per season. The first, insignificant, ripens in late July - early August;the second, the main one, at the end of September and the first half of October. Ready for harvest is the harvest, when 80% of the berries have brown seeds and a smooth intense dark red or burgundy color. If the berries are collected too early, a significant part of the economic harvest is lost, since the fruits do not have time to gain their final weight and are unconditioned in terms of biochemical indicators. Perezrelye berries lose their ability to store and quickly deteriorate. At home, they can be used for processing. The terms of harvesting berries are also determined by the needs for which they will be used - for sale in fresh, processed or long-term storage.

    For fresh or long-term storage, berries need to be harvested at the time when they reach the superfine quality inherent in the appearance, color, taste and consistency of the pulp. Such fruit well tolerates transportation and can be stored in ordinary warehouses with an unregulated temperature regime for 2-3 weeks. The berries intended for processing are removed at a later date. They should be fully mature( degree of seed coloring 90-95%).Such berries are poorly stored in unregulated temperature conditions and are poorly transported.

    Cowberry harvesting is the most time consuming process when growing it. Basically it is carried out only manually, since we do not yet have machines adapted for these purposes. Such machines have already been created in Germany and are used on industrial plantations in several countries of Western Europe( Italy, Holland, etc.).

    Collected berries are cleaned from debris, sorted and used for processing or further storage. The best berries are stored with canning cold. To do this, they are subjected to rapid freezing, and then stored in refrigerating chambers. In this case, there is practically no loss. At home, berries can be stored in freezers of household refrigerators. To do this, they are poured into plastic bags, which are then sealed and placed in a freezer. Berries prepared for storage should not be wet. It should be borne in mind that after thawing the berries quickly lose their commercial properties and therefore it is desirable to use them as quickly as possible.

    Requirements: for normal development of red bilberries requires well-lit places with moderate moisture. The soil is best peat, well aerated. It can be ordinary, but it is necessary with acidic reaction( pH 3,0-5,0).

    Ingredients: berries contain a whole set of the most important substances necessary for man: sugars, organic acids, including benzoic, thanks to which berries can be stored for a long time, vitamins( C, group B, E, carotene), pectin substances and arbutin glycoside.

    Planting: cranberries are propagated with seeds, rhizome cuttings and daughter plants. The latter give high-quality planting material in the shortest possible time. For planting, dig a trench 25-30 cm deep, wide with a regular ridge and fill it with horse or transitional peat with the addition of large river sand in a ratio of 3: 1. - The optimal ground water level is 60-80 cm, with a higher ridge it is necessary to raise - to the bottompour 10-15 cm of gravel, gravel or broken bricks for drainage. Before planting in the soil, mineral fertilizers are embedded: 7 g of ammonium sulfate, 6 g of double superphospha and 3 g of potassium sulfate per 1 m2.

    Young plant with a clod of land planted in the first half of May with a distance of 25-30 cm between them( for 1 m2 is placed no more than 15 bushes) and watered.

    Foreign varieties are not exactly suitable for the conditions of the central strip of Russia. We recommend domestic varieties Kostroma rosa, Kostromichka and Rubin ( differ high yield and large-fruited) and Dutch Coral.

    Care: loosening of the soil during the summer, watering in dry weather( excess moisture does not tolerate cowberry) and weeding.

    Cowberry can be damaged by beetles, leafhoppers, caterpillars and leaf rollers. It is best to collect them manually or to spray plants with tobacco, onion husks and dandelions. Of the diseases common eks-bazidiosis and rust. At the first leaves, shoots and flowers become pink and ugly swollen. With a strong defeat, shoots become brown and dry up. The leaves are infected with rust, reddish-yellow spots appear on their upper side, yellowish, and later brown areas of spore-bearing of the fungus on the lower side.

    Affected shoots need to be cut and burned, plants sprinkled with 1% Bordeaux liquid or its substitutes. Against rust, you can try to apply topaz( 1 ampoule 2 ml per 10 liters of water).

    Harvesting: the maximum harvest is collected from the 3rd year. The berries must be fully ripened. Even completely colored berries should stay on the bushes for a few days, as they continue to accumulate sugars and other useful substances. Fruits are harvested in dry weather. In fresh form they can be stored for a month in a cool place, filled with boiled water - in the refrigerator or cellar for a year.

    Indications: leaves cranberries are used in the form of decoctions and tea in urolithiasis, gout and cystitis as a diuretic and disinfectant. Berries cranberries are used for arthritis of metabolic origin, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as gastritis with low acidity.

    In official medicine, fresh and dried leaves of cranberries are used. Preparations of them have astringent, diuretic and choleretic action, lower the sugar content in the blood in diabetes mellitus. Infusion and decoction of the leaves are used for nephrolithiasis, cystitis, pyelitis, inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract, bedwetting, gastroenteritis.

    In folk medicine are often used berries cranberries. They are used for the treatment of rheumatism, anacid gastritis, tuberculosis, scurvy. Decoction of berries is good for fever. Juice is useful in hypotension, and berries improve the overall condition with climacteric neuroses. For external use, the juice of berries is used in the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema, lichen, etc.

    Cowberry leaves contain almost the same medicinal substances as bearberry leaves, and can successfully replace them.

    Cowberry has always been popular as not only food, but also medicinal raw materials. Before, cranberries were harvested in large quantities as a food berry. The most common method was soaking berries in water in large tubs. Lingonberry water was used as a refreshing drink after a bath or after a fatty and plentiful food, diluted with birch or maple juice or simply water - as a remedy for various inflammations, as well as gastrointestinal diseases. Cowberry extracted from water is a good treat or addition to sauerkraut and beetroot. It is believed that it has a beneficial effect on digestion and protects against a number of diseases.

    Cowberry water is used from fumes, overheating in the sun, it is drunk in hot form as a diaphoretic, antipyretic, with joint pain, rinse throat with angina and other inflammations, diluted for cooling compresses, sometimes for washing varicose wounds.

    In Lithuania from cowberries prepare virinthas - diluted honey, digested with cowberry juice. It is considered a treat and a medicine. With catarrhal diseases, an ache in bones take 2-3 tablespoons of virintas on a mug of hot water and very quickly drink. This causes profuse sweat. With hoarseness, bronchitis, dyspnea virinthas too dilute with hot water, but drink slowly, with long sips. This makes it easier to cough up. In severe angina, a small amount of virintas is kept in the mouth for a long time.

    Cowberry berries and are now widely used as a delicious and nutritious product. They are used fresh, wetted, marinated, dried, etc. Of berries, jam is prepared more for food purposes than for medicinal purposes, but sometimes it is also used for treatment. For example, 2-3 tablespoons of cranberry jam are given to women in labor to avoid mastitis and other inflammatory postpartum diseases. Earlier jam was cooked with honey, but sugar is more tender and not so diuretic. Jam on honey was considered a fairly reliable remedy for prostatitis.

    Water infusion berries cowberry drink with fever, use as a mild laxative, antiscorbutic and antipark agent. There is an improvement from taking medicines from berries of cranberries with hypertension and gastritis with low acidity.

    Dried berries cranberries chew during and after meals to improve digestion. With catarrhal diseases, prepare a decoction or infusion, which is drunk in a hot form.

    Not only berries are widely used, but also leaves and branches of cranberries. Young shoots are used fresh, and in the form of a decoction or infusion as a light dope, an encouraging, anti-depressant and analgesic. Decoctions or infusions are used for oncological diseases, although they have no therapeutic value, but only improve the patient's condition.

    Decoction or infusion of flowering shoots is used for various female ailments and as a means of preserving pregnancy. In the latter case, they should have a low concentration and be hardly warm. When cutting in the lower abdomen, heavy menstruation drink stronger spices or infusions and necessarily hot or very warm. Decoction or infusion of autumn or spring shoots is used against diarrhea, while drinking a cold or hardly warm liquid.

    Mature leaves or shoots with mature leaves have a high percentage of free organic acids, so they are used as a hot decoction or infusion as an anti-inflammatory drug for joint pains, colds;warm - as a diuretic, with nephrolithiasis and inflammation of the bladder. It is well known that a stone can be dissolved with acid. Therefore decoctions of leaves are used in the presence of stones in the gallbladder. In addition, they are used for gastritis with low acidity, liver disease, rheumatism, gout, osteochondrosis, bed-wetting in children.

    It is known that both food and therapeutic and preventive properties of cranberries are caused by the content of many necessary for human compounds: sugars, organic acids, phenols, vitamins, triterpenoids, tannic and pectin substances, microelements.

    Among the sugars the main place is occupied with glucose and fructose, in less quantity in the cowberry contains sucrose. The total amount of sugars is 12%.In berryberry berries there is a large set of organic acids, which account for up to 2.5-3.0% of dry matter. Among them, lemon( 1.3%), apple( 0.3%) and benzoic( 0.05-0.20%) prevail. In small amounts, there are also tartaric, salicylic, oxalic ursolic, acetic, pyruvic, glyoxyol and alpha-ketogluconate. The availability of the whole complex of organic acids explains the good ability of berries to preserve lingons. Benzoic acid has antiseptic properties. Organic acids contribute to the dissolution of salts of uric acid( urates) and removing them from the body.

    Cowberry polysaccharides are represented by cellulose and cellulose( 1.8%), as well as pectic substances( 0.8-1.0%, of which 0.56-0.86% is soluble pectin and 0.17-0,24% by protopectin).The pectin substances are of the greatest practical importance. They perform important biological functions - with many metals: calcium, strontium, lead, cobalt, etc., form insoluble complex compounds( chelates) that are not digested and are excreted from the body. This is an important property, especially for the purpose of removing the consequences of the impact on people of the Chernobyl catastrophe. Pectins are also characterized by antibacterial properties, so they are used to treat diseases of the digestive tract. Normalizing the composition of the intestinal microflora, pectins also have an anti-atherosclerotic effect.

    Important components in the chemical composition of cowberry are phenolic compounds. These include anthocyanins, leucoanthocyanins, catechins, flavonols and phenolic acids. Phenolic compounds( flavonols and phenolic acids) are biologically active substances of multilateral action. Basically, their value is in the manifestation of capillary-strengthening, anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effect. Leukoanthocyanins have an antitumor effect. Catechins intensify the effect of X-ray irradiation in the treatment of tumors and increase the body's resistance to X-rays. Quercetin, rutin and other flavonols have an antioxidant effect. On average, the total content of these compounds is 0.3-0.6%.

    Important role played by the chlorogenic acids contained in cowberry. They are characterized by capillary-strengthening, anti-inflammatory, choleretic and diuretic actions. These substances determine the resistance of plants to diseases. A direct relationship between the amount of chlorogenic acid accumulated in the tissues of plants and the degree of resistance to fungal diseases has been established.

    Vitamins in cowberries contain: vitamin C( 5-30 mg%), vitamins B( 0.03 mg%), vitamin E( 1.0 mg%), provitamin A( 0.05-0.10 mg%), alsovitamin K1.

    Triterpenoids( ursolic, oleonic, etc. acids) are found in berries, leaves and shoots of cowberry. By the nature of the action, they are close to the hormone of the adrenal glands. Their presence is due to the anti-inflammatory and wound-healing effect.

    Fruits, leaves and shoots of cranberries also contain a significant amount of arbutin and tannins, as a result of which they are used as an antiseptic and diuretic for cystitis and kidney stones, as well as for gout and rheumatism.

    Among other things, berryberry contains biologically active substance betaine. With its presence, it is associated with antiulcer action, fencing of the body from fatty degeneration of the liver, lowering of cholesterol in the blood and other positive effects on the body.

    Biochemical characteristics of cranberries complement the diverse mineral composition of its fruits. The ash contains( in mg / kg wet weight): phosphorus( 44.52), calcium( 94.60), magnesium( 22.40), trace elements: iron( 11.17), zinc( 0.159), copper( 32, 25), strontium( 1.118), molybdenum( 0.020), nickel( 0.065), barium( 1.505), silver( 0.016), chromium( 0.025), lead( 0.108), tin( 0.053), titanium( 0.245), tungsten(0.053).The content of potassium in mature fruits varies between 0.43-0.61%, nitrogen 0.45-0.77%, sodium 17-40mg%, manganese 70-83mg%, boron 0.12-0,36mg%.Many of these elements are part of a variety of biologically active compounds and play an important role in human life.

    Thanks to a wide range of substances vital for human beings, including tannic and tart, fresh and processed fruits of cowberry improve the work of the stomach and intestines, favorably affect gastric disorders: promote the growth of harmless bacteria and the inhibition of pathogens;cellulose and pectin berries, swelling, provide a soft stool, cleansing the bowels and removing bacteria, which are the main cause of the difficulties encountered.

    Substances contained in berries of cranberries, increase the strength and elasticity of the walls of blood vessels, promote the body's absorption of vitamin C, and therefore recommended the use of berries in atherosclerosis, hypertension and other diseases characterized by increased permeability and fragility of capillaries.

    Varietal and wild cranberries on nutritional and biochemical composition are identical and differ only in the quantitative content of individual components that make up the biochemical complex. Therefore, cowberries harvested in the forest, and cowberries grown on a bed can be used with equal success both for food purposes and for medicinal use.

    TABLE OF LEAVES: 1 tbsp.l.crushed dry leaves pour a glass of boiling water, insist half an hour, strain and take in a cooled form 3-4 times a day for 0.6 cup.

    VITAMIN TEA: fruits of cranberries - 2 parts, leaves of nettle - 3 parts, hips - 3 parts. Shredded raw materials mix well.4 tsp.mix brew a glass of boiling water, insist 3-4 hours, strain and drink a glass three times a day with beriberi and zing.

    With cholelithiasis, a decoction of leaves is prepared: a handful of leaves on 3 cups of water, boil for 10 minutes. Take a glass three times a day.

    With the deposition of salts, osteochondrosis, gout is useful tea from the leaves of cranberries.

    Cowberry juice is drunk at the initial stages of hypertensive disease and as a means of increasing appetite.

    In folk medicine for influenza and diseases of the upper respiratory tract use berries cranberries in the form of fruit drinks and compotes.

    Cowberry leaves have the property of dissolving stones. In inflammatory bowel diseases, they are used to make infusion.

    In Eastern Europe, decoction and tincture of leaves and fruits of cranberries are used to treat diseases of the bladder, while the infusion of leaves is prepared in a cold way: 5 g of leaves are poured into a glass of cold water, insist 10 hours, filter and take 0.5 cup three timesin a day.

    Cowberry juice is used for mild forms of hypertension, putrefactive diarrhea and as an appetite suppressant.

    Fresh and dried, cooked with sugar and soaked berries - a good antiparasitic, antiscorbutic, diuretic, are also used to treat rheumatism and gout, catarrh of the stomach.

    Cowberry berries in home life are used as a well-known delicious and nutritious product. Of these, jam, compotes, extracts, juices, pastille, stuffing for sweets are prepared. They fall asleep with sugar, water, marinate. Berries are consumed fresh and moist as a seasoning for foods. It is characteristic that berries cranberries, wet or fresh, as well as boiled even without sugar, can be preserved for a long time due to the presence of benzoic acid in them.

    Infusion: 1 tbsp. Spoon the leaves with a glass of boiling water, insist for 30 minutes, take 1 tbsp.spoon 4 times a day( diuretic).

    Decoction can be prepared at the rate of 20-30 g of leaves for 3 cups of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, then strain and take everything during the day in 3 divided doses with kidney stones and gall bladder, liver diseases.

    At night urinary incontinence in the people consider it useful to use a mixture of berries and leaves with the addition of 2 tbsp.spoons of St. John's wort. The mixture is brewed with 3 cups of boiling water, boiled for 10 minutes, filtered and take 1 glass 3 times, starting from the second half of the day. The last glass is taken before going to bed.

    A water infusion of bilberry berries is considered a good soft drink, quenches thirst and is given to a febrile patient. Lingonberry water has a slight laxative property. Cooked with honey cranberries recommended for pulmonary tuberculosis, hemoptysis.

    Fresh, waxy and boiled cowberry is used for catarrh of stomach with low acidity, diarrhea, rheumatism, gout. Berries cranberries act as a strong diuretic and even in large doses do not have harmful effects on the kidneys.

    1 kg cranberries, 2 lemons, 1 cup granulated sugar, 15 g yeast, 100 g honey, 5 water.

    Freshly washed and washed in cold water berries cranberries are well kneaded and squeezed out of them juice. The remaining pulp is filled with water and boiled for 1-2 minutes, and then the broth is cooled, filtered and dissolved in it sugar and honey. To the broth add the squeezed juice, yeast and scalded to remove bitter zest of 2 lemons and put in a warm place for fermentation for 15-16 hours. Then kvass is cooled, filtered and stored in a cold place.

    Fruit and berry kvasses were especially widespread in Moscow and therefore they were called Moscow kvass everywhere. As E. Molochovets notes: "To make these Moscow kvass good, you must watch for sure that the berries are ripe and fresh, otherwise kvass will be unappetizing. These kvass, the cheapest and most refreshing drink in the village, where berries are free. It is better to prepare them in bottles, because barrels and tubs can sometimes flow. But kvass from raspberries and strawberries can not be done otherwise than in tubs, which are attached to the lids. And it is necessary that they always be covered and buried in ice. "

    1. Lingonberry leaves -2 h, green tea -1 h. For 1 glass( item) of boiling water - 1 h. Mixture, insist -10-15 min. Drink with honey or sugar.

    2. Lingonberry leaves - 3 hours, chicory or carrots roast - 1 hour. The way of brewing is the same. Tea from cranberry leaves: brewing leaves of cranberries with cold water in a kettle, put on fire, boil, dilute with water. The infusion is dark, but transparent, tastes slightly astringent.

    Cowberry tea: 200 ml of boiling water 12 g of dried cowberry leaves, 15 g of sugar. Rinse the porcelain kettle with boiling water, pour the leaves, pour boiling water, insist 10-12 minutes, add sugar, pour the tea into cups.

    Healing properties: renal stone disease, cystitis, gout, diabetes, obesity, kidney and liver disease. It has diuretic, antiseptic and astringent properties.

    Tea balsam: 1 st. . dry fruit to brew on 1 tbsp.tea( tea leaves).

    Healing properties: diabetes, cardiovascular diseases.

    Cowberry is one of the most popular berries, especially in the northern regions of the country. In the fruit of cranberries contains a large number of sugars( up to 10-11%), ascorbic acid,( up to 2.5%), many organic acids( Ursol, Gallic, Tin, Cinchona, Elgovaya, Lemon, Apple, Oxalic), tannin,glycoside, vaccine, tannins, carotene, pectin substances, vitamin C, mineral salts. It should be emphasized that among the organic acids contained in cowberry, a rather large proportion of benzoic acid, which has powerful antiseptic properties. Therefore berries cranberries are almost not affected by rotting, well preserved in both fresh and cooked form. Juice from berries goes for the preparation of various kinds of drinks: kvass, wine, honey, etc.

    In medicine, cranberry juice and cranberry mashed potatoes are often recommended for beriberi. Juice, mors and water infusion of cranberries are considered a good way to quench your thirst with fever. Juice cranberries have a slight laxative effect, so it is recommended to use with gastritis with a low acidity of gastric juice, as well as with edema of various origin: the juice of cowberry has a pronounced diuretic effect. Cowberry juice is very useful at high blood pressure, with rheumatism and gout.

    Required: 30 g of common cowberry leaves, 30 g of blueberry leaves, 30 g of common bean pods, 15 g of elecampane root, 15 g of yarrow herb, 1 glass of beer.

    Method of preparation. 1 tbsp.l.shredded collection pour a glass of beer, boil for 1-2 minutes, cool and strain.

    How to use. Take 1/4 cup 3 times in the day after a previous myocardial infarction.

    Method of preparation.1 tbsp.l.leaves of cowberry ordinary, 1 tbsp.l.herbs of Artemisia vulgaris, 1 tbsp.l.herbs peppermint, 1 tbsp.l.fennel, 1 tbsp.l.calendula flowers, 200ml of beer.

    Method of preparation.1 tbsp.l.collect a glass of hot beer, boil in a water bath for 30 minutes with a weak boiling of beer, insist 15 minutes, drain.

    How to use. Take 1 tbsp.l.broth for 20 minutes before eating with pain in the heart.

    For the body of a pregnant woman, all the substances in cranberries are so necessary for her growing fetus! First, the juice from her berries is hypoallergenic. Agree, it is very important for the fetus. And in general the body of a pregnant woman needs constant replenishment of many vitamins. Lingonberry contains a lot of carotene( it is even more than carrots!), Which contributes to the improvement of vision. Vitamin C performs the function of an antioxidant - in cowberry it is up to 30 mg. Vitamins of group B support the emotional state of a pregnant woman - we know how important a good mood for a future mother.
    Traditional healers recommend eating cranberries, preparing drinks and desserts from it, adding them to various dishes and even using as a folk remedy for many ailments to everyone, including especially women during pregnancy.

    Cowberry during pregnancy: contraindications
    Sure, everything is good in moderation! Therefore, first of all, it should be noted that it is not necessary to abuse even such a valuable berry. After all, it( like the leaves of a plant) is a powerful drug that requires caution in its application. Because of the ability to reduce blood pressure, very carefully you need to eat cranberries with hypotension and a tendency to it. This is particularly true of juice and berries cranberries. Also, with minimal doses and after consulting with a doctor, it is necessary to start taking cranberries if the kidneys are damaged, because this drug has a pronounced diuretic effect, which means that the load on the kidneys during the reception of cranberries increases significantly, which may be unsafe.
    And if urate was found in the urine, then from the reception of cranberries should be abandoned altogether. Be sure to keep in mind that fresh berries of cranberries are contraindicated in case of gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, with gastritis! Reception of cowberry and drugs on its basis with increased secretory function will lead to the development of diarrhea, so it is better to refrain from such treatment. Contraindicated cowberry and cholecystitis, but with a tendency to bleeding and with reduced blood coagulability, you need to eat cranberries very carefully. Remember that for medicinal purposes broths can be taken only by consulting with the attending physician. You should know that drugs and medicinal solutions from cowberry should be taken on an empty stomach or before eating, but not after eating.

    ♦ When pancreatitis: 1 table spoon of berries common cranberries take 3 times a day for a week.

    ♦ For pancreatic diseases: take 3 pieces of common cowberry leaves and raspberry leaves, 4 parts of black leaves of balean and 1 part of common grapefruit. A tablespoon of mixture pour a glass of water, bring to a boil and insist for 1 hour. Take as a cup of tea 1-2 times a day.

    ♦ With urolithiasis: take in equal quantities leaves of cowberry ordinary, chamomile flowers, dandelion roots, herb horsetail, tansy flowers. A tablespoon of collection pour a glass of boiling water, insist 20-30 minutes, drain. Take 0.5 cup 3 times a day.

    ♦ In case of nephrolithiasis: take 5 parts of common cowberry leaves, licorice root naked, 7 parts of birch leaves warty and 3 parts of clef grass European. A tablespoon of the mixture to brew like tea in a glass of boiling water and drain. Taking a glass in the morning and evening.

    ♦ For nephrolithiasis: take 40 g of cowberry leaves, 60 g of black currant leaves, 100 g of wild strawberry grass. All mixture pour 1 liter of boiling water, insist until cooled, strain. Take a glass 3 times a day.

    ♦ For nephrolithiasis with inflammation of the bladder: take 6 pieces of leaves of wild strawberry, 4 parts of linden flowers heart-shaped, 3 parts of mullein scepter-like flowers. A tablespoon of the mixture to brew a glass of boiling water, insist mines, strain. Take 0.5 cup 2-3 times a day.

    ♦ For acute and chronic pyelonephritis: take 10 grams of common cowberry leaves and common grapefruit herb, 5 g cones of hops and 30 grams of ash root high. All mixture pour 1 liter of water and boil for 25-30 minutes. Strain and take 0.5 cup 3 times a day.

    ♦ With glomerulonephritis: take 2 parts of leaves of common cranberries, plantain leaves of large, bearberry leaves, 1 part of black currant leaves, birch leaves and juniper fruits, 4 parts of cinnamon rose and 6 parts of wild strawberry fruit. Two tablespoons of the mixture pour 0.5 liters of water, boil 10-15 minutes, insist 1 hour in a warm place, drain. The whole broth should be drunk 3 times a day in a warm form before meals.

    ♦ In case of acute cystitis: take in equal quantities leaves of cowberry ordinary, grass of St. John's wort, black elder flowers, chamomile flowers, black poplar buds. A tablespoon of the mixture pour 3 glasses of water, boil for 30 minutes, drain. Take 100 g 4-6 times a day for 10-12 days.

    ♦ In chronic cystitis with acidic urine reaction: in equal amounts take leaves of cowberry ordinary, bark barberry ordinary, kidney poplar black, tansy flowers ordinary. A tablespoon of the mixture to insist 2-3 hours in 1.5 cups of boiling water, drain. Take 50-70 g 4-5 times a day.

    ♦ In case of involuntary urination: take in equal quantities the berries of common cranberry, its leaves and the herb of St. John's wort. Three tablespoons of the mixture pour 0.5 liters of water, boil for 10 minutes. Decoction to insist 1 hour, strain and take but 0.5 cup 5 times a day.

    ♦ Diuretic: 20 g of dry leaves of cranberries pour a glass of boiling water, leave for 20 minutes. Take a tablespoon 3-4 times a day.

    ♦ Diuretic collection: take in equal quantities leaves of cowberry ordinary, fruits of anise ordinary, leaves of mother-and-stepmother, flowers of lime heart-shaped, fruits of raspberry ordinary.10 g of mixture pour a glass of boiling water, heat on a boiling water bath for 30 minutes, cool for 10 minutes, drain. Raw the raw material and bring it to the original volume with boiled water. Take 1-2 glasses hot at night.

    ♦ Diuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal agent: 15 g of dried leaves of cowberry ordinary pour a glass of boiled water, boil over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Broth cool, drain, take 0.5 cup 2-3 times daily before meals. The same broth is taken with rheumatism. Then the duration of treatment is 1-2 months.

    ♦ For joint diseases: 20 g dry leaves of cranberries pour a glass of boiling water, leave for 20 minutes. Cool and take a tablespoon 3-4 times a day.

    ♦ For atherosclerosis: take 3 pieces of common cowberry leaves, medicinal herb grass, medicinal herb, 4 parts of common grapefruit and chicory flowers, 2 - calendula officinal flowers and

    grass clover grass, 1 part of the thallus of sea kale, peppermint, seed of flax seed and sage medicinal herb.2- 3 tablespoons of the collection( depending on the body weight of the patient) pour into a thermos, pour steep boiling water( 0.5 liters).The next day, drink all the infusion in a warm form in 3 divided doses for 20-40 minutes before meals.

    ♦ For psoriasis: take 2 parts of common cowberry leaves, elderberry black flowers, elephant root high, corn stigmas, horsetail grass, 3 parts of grass three-separate, herb St. John's wort, rhizome of ayr marsh and 1 part herb celandine large.10 g of mixture pour a glass of boiling water, heat on a water bath for 15 minutes, cool 45 minutes, drain. Raw squeeze and boiled water bring the amount of infusion to the original volume. Take 0.5 glasses in the morning and evening after eating.

    ♦ For diathesis: take 2 pieces of common cowberry leaf and plantain leaf, 1 part of a herb of a thousand-year-old and a herb of bitter wormwood, 4 parts of nettle leaves and St. John's wort leaves perforated. A teaspoon of the mixture pour a glass of boiling water, insist 30-40 minutes, drain. Take children, depending on their age, on a tea or table spoon 3 times a day for 1-1.5 months in the spring and autumn.

    The same collection can be used for baths: 3 tablespoons mixture pour 1 liter of water, bring to a boil, boil for 3-5 minutes, insist, strain and add to the bath for bathing children.

    ♦ Sedentary: take in equal quantities cranberry leaves, anise fruits, mother-and-stepmother leaves, linden heart flowers, raspberry fruits. A tablespoon of mixture pour a glass of boiling water, boil for 5 minutes. Take in a hot 1-1.5 cups at night.

    With stones in the gallbladder, use a decoction of a handful of leaves for 600 g of water( boil 10 minutes).Decoction is drunk in 3 divided doses during the day.

    Infusion of cranberry leaves is used for stones in the liver. To do this, brew 1 tablespoon of leaves 200 g of boiling water, insist 30 minutes and filter;take 2 tablespoons 4-5 times a day.

    With diabetes, traditional medicine recommends drinking cranberry juice and decoctions of cranberry leaves.

    Special tea is also used: insist 1 tablespoon of cranberry leaves in 250 g of cold water for 12 hours. Then bring the infusion to a boil and cool. Take for 10 days, then take a break for 10 days and repeat the course.

    Cowberry leaves are included in antidiabetic collections. It is recommended to mix 4 parts of cranberry leaves, 4 parts of gully grass, 1 part of birch leaves and 1 part of buckthorn bark. Pour 1 tablespoon of a mixture of 200 g of boiling water, boil for 15 minutes, insist 30 minutes and strain. Drink 200 g 3-4 times daily before meals.

    Berries and lingonberry juice, as well as various cowberry drinks, are very useful for high blood pressure. Especially effective and quickly reduces the pressure of cowberry juice, so it is advised to drink regularly with hypertension.

    Cowberry fruit tones the heart muscle. In addition, they are an excellent antisclerotic, as they increase the strength and elasticity of the walls of blood vessels.

    For heart diseases, take a decoction of cranberry leaves.

    Decoction of the whole plant is used in folk medicine for hypertension and heart diseases.

    As an anti-inflammatory and bactericidal agent, cranberries are actively used in folk medicine in Poland, and Austrian folk doctors believe that cowberry leaves disinfect the urinary tract.

    In angina it is recommended to gargle with an infusion or decoction of dried leaves of cranberries - they have astringent and antiseptic properties. Broth of cranberry leaves is also used for mouthwashes during periodontal disease and gum disease.

    To prepare the broth, pour 6 g of dry leaves with 200 g of hot water, boil 25 minutes, strain and boiled water bring the volume to the original.

    For abscesses, furuncles and eczema, apply infusion of a mixture of leaves of cranberries with the grass of the string( in equal parts).Pour 2 tablespoons of a mixture of 400 grams of boiling water, insist for 1 hour and filter. Drink 50 g 3-4 times a day for half an hour before meals.