Larch is one of the most widespread plant species in Russia. The needles, bark and resin of this tree have long been used in folk medicine to treat a wide range of diseases. This fact is due to the excellent medicinal properties of larch.
Larch is the only deciduous coniferous plant. It has good resistance to difficult natural conditions, it can grow even in permafrost conditions. This tree is a long-liver; the age of some specimens is about 800 years.
The rich medicinal properties of larch are due to the substances that make up its needles and resin. Larch essential oil normalizes the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and the functioning of the central nervous system, tones the cardiovascular system, enhances bile secretion, eliminates inflammation, destroys pathogenic microflora, and reduces fermentation processes in the intestine.
Ascorbic acid helps to reduce the level of uric acid in the muscles and eliminate toxins, thanks to which baths with larch extract are recommended after heavy physical exertion. In addition, ascorbic acid normalizes the body's oxidation-reduction processes, relieves inflammation, increases immunity, strengthens capillaries, and enhances the growth of bone tissue.
The phytoflavonoids contained in larch strengthen the nervous system, normalize blood pressure and heart rate, reduce capillary fragility and increase blood clotting.
Tannins eliminate inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, protect it from irritation, normalize digestion, and remove salts of heavy metals. Organic acids relieve inflammation, improve clotting, and stimulate the formation of red blood cells. The gum removes the effects of antibiotics and other medications, lowers cholesterol and removes toxins. Catechins neutralize free radicals, slow down the aging process and cell destruction, and soothe foci of inflammation.
Anthocyanins strengthen the heart muscle, capillaries and blood vessels, prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease, reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes, eliminate bacterial infections, and normalize metabolism. Glycosides dilate blood vessels, increase urination, and promote sputum discharge. Carotene has antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects, reduces the risk of developing oncology. Lignin destroys and removes staphylococci, salmonella, some types of fungi, toxins, allergens, heavy metal salts and ammonia.
For medical purposes, larch turpentine is used, which helps with rheumatism, gout, neuralgia and myositis. Infusions from bark and needles are widely used - they are added to baths, compresses and inhalations are made with them. Plasters and ointments for external use are prepared from larch resin. For internal use for colds 2 tsp. larch needles are poured with a glass of milk, boiled for 5 minutes and insisted for 1 hour. Apply a decoction of 2-3 tbsp. l. before eating.