Hemlock - herbaceous biennial plant of the genus Hemlock related to the family umbrella.
The area of growth is very wide - from North Africa to China and Turkey. This plant is common throughout Europe. It reaches a length of 60-180 cm leaves resemble the leaves of carrots, parsley flowers resemble flowers. Grass Hemlock grows in meadows, forest edges, landfills, on the slopes of ravines, near the railroad tracks, it can be found as a weed in the garden. In folk medicine used Hemlock spotted or else it is called hemlock.
Hemlock belongs to the poisonous plants. Its hazardous properties have been known since ancient times. For example, in ancient Greece Hemlock herb used for preparing the poison that was used in the execution. According to some sources, with the help of the poison of the plant was killed philosopher Socrates. Hemlock poison similar to the famous poison "curare" - it causes paralysis of the respiratory muscles. Poisonous properties of this plant are retained even in dried form.
In all parts of the grass Hemlock contain toxic alkaloids, which cause such dangerous properties. The most famous of them - konium (lat. Killing). It alkaloids (konium, psevdokoniin, propyl) have a narcotic effect, and previously Hemlock tincture used as a powerful analgesic, sedative and anticonvulsant. Also, the components of this plant has antispasmodic effect.
Currently, the use of Hemlock medicine uncommon due to mortal danger when overdosed. Alkaloid konium part of some homeopathic remedies.
Application Hemlock medicine
Grass Hemlock often credited with wonderful anti-cancer properties. It is known that this plant alkaloids can inhibit cell division in tumors but they also slow and division of normal cells. In traditional medicine, Hemlock for the treatment of cancer is not applicable. However, there are many traditional healers who use this poisonous plant is in the process of tumor.
It should be remembered that treatment should not substitute hemlock main types of treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy). Use this plant is possible only in extreme cases where traditional methods do not apply or were not effective. Feedback from Hemlock helps to eliminate a lot of pain in cancer patients, but truthful information about treatment with this plant there.
Especially since you can not use Hemlock for cancer prevention, as it negatively affects the liver. Hemlock tincture is used as a pain reliever for advanced cancer process (eg, prostate cancer), diseases of the digestive system, diseases of the genitourinary system. In the opinion of Hemlock is better to use a 10% tincture, and this means it is impossible to assign yourself.
This plant has an immunomodulatory effect, stimulates the blood, and is used to treat varicose veins.
In addition, treatment may hemlock anemia, menstrual disorders, chronic painful cough, rheumatism, gout. This medicinal plants used for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system (such as neuralgia of the facial nerve). Early treatment of hemlock was used in epilepsy.
Symptoms of poisoning Hemlock
It should be remembered that all of the Hemlock very poisonous. Poisoning can occur even when placed in the mouth of stems (children can take this herb for angelica and make it a tube). After contact with skin plants can arise contact skin damage by type of chemical burns.
If poisoning may experience the following symptoms: burning sensation in the mouth, salivation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. In severe cases, there are shortness of breath, dilated pupils, paralysis of the respiratory muscles.