Couch grass possesses antiseptic and demulcent properties

Couch grass: By Anneli Salo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Couch grass (Agropyron repens) is a diuretic herb that is native to Europe, Asia as well as Northwest Africa. It is a perennial grass and the common names are Witch grass, Wheat grass, Couchgrass, Durfa grass, Quack grass, Dog grass, Quick grass, Scutch grass as well as Twitch grass. The main parts used as herbal medicine are the root, rhizome and seeds.

Although it can become quite a nuisance to gardeners and home owners by damaging lawns and choking plants, it is also a natural alternative herbal medicine for some diseases. Some people have to act speedily to weed them out of a garden because it spreads very quickly. However, it is not wise to get rid of all the plants because of its medicinal properties. It can also be dried, stored and used accordingly.

This is one of the herbs that dogs who are ailing, love to eat, preferably the root, hence the name dog grass. This reminds me of my dogs, every now and again, they are seen eating grass of their choice and you know that they are taking medicine.

Couch grass contains vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, agropyrene as well as amino acids.  It also contains chlorophyll and carbohydrates such as mannitol and inulin, Tricin as well Mucilage.

Health benefits of couch grass

Couchgrass has been used for thousand of years now to treat inflamed bladder, water retention, uterine infection, urination that is painful to pass. It is also a natural remedy for kidney stones conditions as well as kidney infection.

It may be used to treat cancer, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), pain in the joints such as arthritis, respiratory conditions, colds and coughs and skin ailments.  it may even be used to prevent gray hair.   Couchgrass is also a good herbal remedy for prostrate conditions, liver problems as well as ulcers. 

Wheatgrass can treat both the infection and aid in dissolving the stones due to its active constituent, agropyrene.  Agropyrene oil contains potent antibiotics properties which is very effective in treating infections. 

It is a good cleansing herb because it has the ability to remove toxins from the blood and also from the liver.

The rhizome of couchgrass is popularly used as an herbal tea to treat urinary infections.  Couch grass can also be gotten in capsule forms.

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