The whole hogweed plant (root, leaves, seeds) has sedative, digestive, expectorant, antidiarrhoeal, antipsoriatic and anti-infectious properties, but its most important medicinal qualities are related to the restoring the fertility both in men and women. Hogweed has long been known to be an efficient remedy for infertility, impotence and frigidity and modern studies confirm that it has a vasodilator and antiseptic action at uterine level comparable to that of most synthetic drug. The seeds especially seem to have refreshing and tonic properties similar to ginseng, although they also contain a sedative substance that makes hogweed beneficial for those suffering from epilepsy. In fact, the balancing effect resulted from the combined actions of the somewhat antagonistic substances contained in hogweed makes it an excellent choice for the needs of modern day men and women. Just don’t forget that everything good is good in moderation. Hogweed is toxic in high doses.
- Aphrodisiac (especially for women, stimulating ovarian activity, favoring vaginal and uterine muscle relaxation and reducing anxiety)
- Ovarian insufficiency
- Irregular menstruation
- Premature menopause
- Post-menopausal syndrome
- Hormonal and vascular impotence
- Adnexitis, metro-adnexitis
- Various sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia etc.)
- Fluid retention, swelling
- Sore muscles, arthritis-like pain, gout
- Low blood pressure
- Spleen disorders
- Difficult digestion, with frequent bloating accompanied by cramps
- Renal and urinary infections
- Kidney and gall stones
- Laryngitis, bronchitis
Preparation, administration and precautions
Hogweed tincture can be prepared by adding 20 tablespoons of hogweed powder (made from dried seed, flowers and root) and 2 cups of alcohol 50% in a jar. Close the jar and let the mixture macerate for 14 days in a warm place, then sift it and transfer it into small dark coloured bottles. Take 1 teaspoon of tincture in a glass of water, 3-4 times a day, or 1-3 teaspoons 10-30 minutes before sexual intercourse. For post-menopausal symptoms, take 2-4 teaspoons of tincture a day for 3 months, progressively (2 teaspoons in the first month, 3 in the second and 4 in the third). For epilepsy, make a tincture only from seeds and take 20 drops in a glass of water, 3 times a day.
Hogweed is toxic even in moderate quantities, poisoning occurring with doses greater than 30 g. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, heartbeat irregularities and diarrhea.
Hogweed is contraindicated for those suffering from liver disease, heart disease (it affects the regularity of the heartbeat), high blood pressure (it narrows the blood vessels), kidney problems (other than renal infections or stones) or psychological disorders. It is also not to be taken neither during pregnancy (it may cause a miscarriage), nor during breast-feeding.