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    Equisetum arvense

    The young shoot  Horsetail is known for its remineralising, anti-rheumatic and diuretic action in connection with its high rate of organic silica.

    This macerate of young horsetail shoots is certified organic by Ecocert (FR-BIO-01) and  100% guaranteed  harvested and processed in France by us.


    Always take between meals (at least 15 minutes)

    1-For an acute physiological problem

    15 drops twice a day at sunrise and at bedtime.

    2-For a physiological problem of medium intensity

    10 drops twice a day at sunrise and at bedtime.

    3-For prevention or maintenance (without particular pathology)

    5 drops twice a day at sunrise and at bedtime.

    Precautions for use

    There are no contraindications to the use of gemmotherapy but certain precautions:

    Avoid the use of gemmotherapy in people with alcohol withdrawal or epilepsy.

    Respect the maximum dosage of 5 drops per day of gemmotherapy extract

    concentrated in pregnant women.

    Do not give buds with a hormonal action (bilberry, raspberry, sequoia, oak) to a pregnant woman or to a woman with a history of hormone-dependent cancer.

    In children under 15, respect a dosage of 1 drop per 10 kg of body weight per day.


    Horsetail Gemmotherapy can be taken over the long term 3 weeks out of 4.

    Main indications

    Osteoporosis-articular system

    Urogenital system

    Respiratory system

    I. Skeletal and osteo-articular systems

    Inflammatory rheumatism and Osteoarthritis Osteo-articular inflammatory syndrome, Tendinitis, Osteoporosis, Tendinitis

    II. Urogenital apparatus:

    Inflammatory urinary syndrome, prostatitis, (in combination with Heather, Calluna vulgaris ), Urinary lithiasis, Cystitis,

    III. Respiratory system :

    Lung ulcers

    IV. Cardiovascular system:

    Vascular protector

    V. Digestive system

    Diarrhea (astringent)

    Latin name:

    Equisetum arvense


    The Equisetum genus originates from the Triassic ( between 200 and 250 million years ago!), making it one of the oldest genus still alive on earth (along with the Gingko ) even if the fossils show giant trees, which are found in our time to be simple herbaceous stems. This origin can be seen physically because no other plant closely resembles Horsetail nor its construction which is particularly rigid in the plant world. It is therefore not surprising that architects were closely inspired by its architecture to design buildings, among others in New York in the 1930s following photographs by the German botanist Karl Blossfefdt published in a collection “ Unformen der Kunst ” in 1928.

    Employee part:

    Young shoots from sterile stems in spring.

    Habitat :

    Horsetail likes sandy-loamy wetlands in river valleys or sandy-clayey ones.


    The botanical name Equisetum comes from the Latin:   horse and setum mane

    arvense comes from the Latin arvum , cultivated field

    The common name Horsetail comes from the Latin asper/asperella , rough or rough


    Used very early by the Greeks and even before then by the Romans. Traditionally for these remineralizing, hemostatic and diuretic properties.

    Excerpt from Diderot D'Alembert 1765 Volume 13

    Horsetail, (Mat. med.)   large horsetail & small horsetail: both horsetails are used in Medicine, but the small one (Equisetum arvense Editor's note) is said to have more virtues.

    Horsetail is counted among the strongest astringens, and it is therefore a very good remedy for hemorrhages, blood loss in women, bleeding, dysentery, and other stomach discharges. It seems to me that Geoffrey, from whom this is taken, must have added, when astringens were indicated in these cases. We take it, continues Geoffroi, in water or in wine at a dose of one gros in powder, and at a dose of four ounces in decoction, which we drink morning and evening; its juice is still given in a dose of two ounces. The authors have noted that it cures exulcerations and wounds of the kidneys, bladder, small intestines and lungs, that it works wonders in stubborn fevers and in malignant fevers, that it is useful for gonorrhea, and that it greatly corrects the relaxation of the prostates. Geoffroi, Matiere medic. (b)

    About Gemmotherapy

    Henry Pol. Gemmotherapy, therapy with plant embryonic extracts. Author's edition. Brussels, 1982.

    On herbal medicine in general

    Experiment suggesting that Esiquetum arvense has antibacterial effects (cocci Gras positive) and can be a therapeutic approach in hypertonic conditions or under oxidative stress and apoptosis.

    Pallag A, Filip GA, Olteanu D, Clichici S, Baldea I, Jurca T, Micle O, Vicaş L, Marian E, Soriţău O, Cenariu M, Mureşan M. Equisetum arvense L. Extract Induces Antibacterial Activity and Modulates Oxidative Stress, Inflammation , and Apoptosis in Endothelial Vascular Cells Exposed to Hyperosmotic Stress. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018 Feb 14;2018:3060525. doi: 10.1155/2018/3060525. PMID: 29636839; PMCID: PMC5832138.

    Anti-inflammatory action of Equisetum arvense

    Gründemann C, Lengen K, Sauer B, Garcia-Käufer M, Zehl M, Huber R. Equisetum arvense (common horsetail) modulates the function of inflammatory immunocompetent cells. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Aug 4;14:283. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-283. PMID: 25088216; PMCID: PMC4132922.

    Increase in bone mineral density after a diet of 120mg/kg of Equisetum arvense

    Arbabzadegan N, Moghadamnia AA, Kazemi S, Nozari F, Moudi E, Haghanifar S. Effect of equisetum arvense extract on bone mineral density in Wistar rats via digital radiography. Caspian J Intern Med. 2019 Spring;10(2):176-182. doi: 10.22088/cjim.10.2.176. PMID: 31363396; PMCID: PMC6619477.

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