Medicinal plants

Dog’s mercury – application & treatment for health

Bingelkraut

Dog’s mercury, which belongs to the Mercurialis plant genus , was named after the Roman god Mercury, who is said to have been the first to recognize the herb’s healing properties. In ancient times, mercury was known as a laxative and cough medicine. It was used by the students of the famous physician Hippocrates to alleviate women’s diseases. The herbal books of the Middle Ages also testify to its effectiveness in the treatment of various ailments. Today, the medicinal plant is only rarely used.

Occurrence and cultivation of dog’s mercury

The plant genus Bingelkräuter ( Mercurialis ) includes 8 to 10 species. Dog ‘s mercury belongs to the spurge family ( Euphorbiaceae ). The undemanding plant, also known as dog cabbage and wintergreen , is a weed that spreads quickly and also colonizes inhospitable places. Most mercury species are annual or perennial herbaceous plants that grow to an average height of 40 centimeters.

Their serrated and wavy leaves are ovate to lanceolate and are opposite on the four-edged stem. In most Bingel herbs, male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Dog’s mercury forms inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers. The spiky, hairy fruit capsules, each containing two seeds, later develop from the female. Dog’s mercury flowers in August/September. If you want to pick it, it is best to cut it off a centimeter above the ground and dry it immediately in a shady place.

The herb turns red-bluish. Fresh herb should never be used as a remedy as it can cause mild symptoms of poisoning . When dried, mercury has an unpleasant smell. Cooked into a wild herb salad, it tastes hot. Although the medicinal plant belongs to the spurge family, it does not contain milky sap and is not poisonous either.

Only annuals and mercury are used as medicinal herbs. The plant is distributed throughout the Mediterranean region and some species only occur in Central Europe, Eurasia and North Africa. The robust plants love shady locations with loose, nutrient-rich soil (gardens, fields, roadsides, deciduous trees and coniferous forests).

Effect & Application

Bingel herbs contain essential oils , saponins, bitter substances, amines, methylamine, trimethylamine, tannic acid, mucilage, glycosides and the coloring agent hermidine. Saponins are the most effective medicinally. To get rid of constipation, the affected person drinks mercury tea for several days in a row. After three days, however, he should stop with the short cure, otherwise there may be a lack of electrolytes . A one-week tea cure is recommended for rheumatic complaints and gout .

In addition, the old medicinal herb has a diuretic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect. Dog’s mercury is used internally and externally. The most common form of administration is medicinal tea. To do this, the patient heats a teaspoon of the dried herb with a cup of water. He lets the tea steep for five to ten minutes and then strains it. Then he drinks one or two cups of it a day. Dog’s mercury tea is also used to make poultices, washes and partial baths that are used externally, for example to treat eczema and suppuration of the skin.

Ointments containing mercury also promote wound healing . It also proves its anti-inflammatory effect in eye drops: it helps with dry conjunctivitis and stimulates the flow of tears. The medicinal plant is most efficient when its capsules are ripe. Eaten in excessive quantities, dog’s mercury can be poisonous to grazing animals. If the patient accidentally takes too high a dose, tremor , diarrhea , excessive salivation , fluctuating body temperature and blue discoloration of the urine can occur. The pollen of the plant can trigger allergies .

Importance for health, treatment & prevention

Medieval medicine valued the metabolism-boosting effect of mercury. It was also used to treat “melancholy” ( depressive moods ) and weather sensitivity . Mixed in witches’ ointments, it was supposed to anesthetize people and have an aphrodisiac effect. Its mood-enhancing effect comes from the saponins .

They influence the limbic system and cause the increased release of endorphins . Naturopathy takes advantage of its expectorant effect by using mercury to treat coughs and bronchitis . The pathogens are coughed up and can no longer burden the body. Since the plant is also diuretic, it reduces swelling in edema on the feet and flushes out the burdensome inflammatory pathogens in rheumatic diseases and gout.

Naturopathy even uses the anti-inflammatory properties of mercury to treat inflamed nipples , which are more common in breastfeeding women. If you want to stop breastfeeding, you can stop your milk flow by taking mercury. Since the multi-healing weed also promotes appetite – this also happens via stimulation of the limbic system – it can help anorexic sufferers eat normally again.

It also promotes the healing of open purulent wounds and inflamed injuries. In women, it regulates the disturbed female menstrual cycle ( amenorrhea , too weak menstrual bleeding) and alleviates menstrual bleeding problems . In homeopathy it is prescribed as a Teep (fresh plant trituration) (one or two tablets several times a day). Teep is obtained from the fresh rootless plant of the annual mercury, which is harvested at the beginning of its flowering period.

With this and with the D 2 Dilution, rheumatic complaints that occur together with pericarditis and gastrointestinal bladder problems are treated. Mercurialis is also used in syphilis and gonorrhea therapy. The saponins it contains support arsenic and mercury cures and have a decongestant effect on the lymph nodes. In addition , the active ingredients in mercury relieve the liver and help with states of exhaustion .

Lisa Newlon
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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.