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Medical plants

Medical plants

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Today‘s theme is medical plants in Kyrgyzstan. No less important medical plants are needed to create medicines. And Kyrgyzstan is the country where about 30,000 tons of medical raw materials are harvested annually. More than 200 species of medicinal plants are growing in Kyrgyzstan. But also it should not be forgotten that many medicinal plants are poisonous and it is quite natural that Kyrgyzstan also has them.
Let’s look at some medicinal herbs in Kyrgyzstan.

  • Coltsfoot is medicinal grass is used as a cough remedy. Leaves that are harvested in spring are used.
  • Adonis blooms on alpine meadows. Tinctures from this grass regulate the heart and expand blood vessels. 
  • Garden sage grows everywhere in Kyrgyzstan. Used in tonsillitis and cold diseases as an antipyretic.
  • Wild strawberry has an anti-inflammatory agent, regulates metabolism, and expands blood vessels.
  • German chamomile is a medicinal plant common along with plantain. It is used in inflammatory processes, burns, acne.
  • Stinging nettle is a plant that has positive effect on cardiovascular activity.
  • Pelargonium is a widespread plant that healthy for sleep.
  • Calendula officinalis is used for bruising, burns, inflammatory liver processes/
  • Juniper (Archa) is unpretentious plant. Archie smoke is a great cure for the cold.
  • Galberry is remarkable diuretic.
  • Hypericum – grows everywhere in the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Used in headache, cold, dermatological diseases

Don’t forget about poisonous plants:

  • Anabasis is a powerful poison. May penetrate the skin, causing poisoning. Manifesting by salivation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, palpitations, rapid breathing. The lethal dose for humans is two to three drops.
  • Harmel is a poisonous plant that can cause cramps, respiratory paralysis, and cardiac arrest.
  • Datura can be poisoned by the simple smell of a flower.
  • Savin juniper is toxic and can cause uterine bleeding, cramps and paralysis.
  • Aconite cannot be collected in bouquets and just sniffed. The consequences are respiratory paralysis and cardiac arrest.

Also you can taste here honey that was made by flowers of Kyrgyzstan. Honey is a unique natural product, a healthy treat and medicine. Kyrgyzstan won many honey exhibitions. Country produces more than 500 tons of honey per year. Kyrgyz beekeepers usually use following flowers:

  • Honey collected from cotton leaves does not differ in color or taste from honey collected from its flowers. Cotton productivity is high, on irrigated lands it reaches 300 kg per ha.
  • Esparcet honey is light amber, transparent, fragrant and tastes good. Production of the honey is up to 100 kg per ha. When watering, especially Sisian esparcet from Armenia, the honey productivity increases to 500-600 kg per ha.
  • Bees willingly visit onion flowers especially in hot weather. Honey with yellow onions, slightly transparent; first has the smell and taste of onions. The average nectar productivity of onions is 115 kg per ha, and the honey productivity is 70 kg.
  • Honey made of it is light green or white, with a delicate odor and tastes good. The amount of nectar in one flower reaches 5 mg. Nectar productivity is very high - from 250 to 1000 and even 1500 kg per ha.
  • Honey made of it is viscous and crystallizes quickly. Dandelion is readily visited by bees. In addition to medicinal dandelion, another 41 species of dandelion grow in Kyrgyzstan. Many of them are readily visited by bees.

Using of honey daily will help you:

  • Replenish the supply of useful substances
  • Reduce arterial blood pressure
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels
  • Reduces blood triglyceride levels
  • Improves a metabolism
  • Strengthen immunity

Every year a honey fair is held in Bishkek. Residents and guests of the capital, natural and organic products shops, catering points, media representatives and all lovers of tasty and healthy food are invited to the fair. You can see various honey and honey products.
While you travel in Kyrgyzstan you should pay attention to what you want to touch because Kyrgyzstan has many not only medical plants but also toxic ones.

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