Around the time I was leaving the US, I frequently heard "There's an App for that!" Well, here I am hearing "There's a yuyo (sounds like jew-joe) for that!" Paraguayans as a whole seem to really like natural remedies--and I'm willing to try them. Since it generally just means drinking what we might call weed-water, I'm okay with trying things out. (I have a friend in Asia who had a friend scrape her back with a coin...she left with 33 stripes!)
Cola de Caballo=Horsetail
This week I've had a urinary tract infection, and my friend suggested I drink cola de caballo. She gave me some today to try, and said to boil it in a liter of water for 1-2 minutes. I can drink it hot or cold (I'm going with cold tomorrow because it's 74* outside...and I did some research--it's a diuretic. Definitely not drinking it before I go to bed!)
According to Wikipedia, "The plant contains several substances which can be used medicinally. It is rich in the minerals silicon (10%), potassium, and calcium. The buds are eaten as a vegetable in Japan and Korea in spring time." It also came with some long-term use warnings, so despite the many benefits, looks like this is not a daily thing I'll be drinking.
The list of illnesses it treats were quite diverse:
- Kidney and bladder stones.
- Weight loss.
- Hair loss.
- Frostbite--definitely not an issue here
- Fluid retention.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Osteoarthritis and osteoprosis
- Use on the skin for wound healing.
- Strengthen fingernails
- Polish pewter and wood--yikes!
- Other conditions.
It was used by Hurdy-Gurdy players to dress the wheels of their instruments by removing resin build up
Everyone hates a resin-chunked Hurdy-Gurdy.