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Biological Name: Usnea barbataUsnea

Other Names: Old man’s beard, Usnea

Elements Applied: Green parts are commonly applied in herbal medicine

Active Components: Usnea’s antibacterial properties and bitter taste originate from the usnic acid. Usnea is also rich in mucilage, due to which reason it can be applied for treating acute coughs. According to preliminary researches, the herb is potent of preventing cancer, but this allegation should be yet properly proven.

History: Due to its bitter content and stimulating capacity towards the digestive system, usnea was conventionally applied to alleviate indigestion. Usnea was applied as a herbal medicine in Ancient China, Greece, and Egypt to cure infections.

Used For: The range of conditions in which the herb is commonly applied include infections, coughs, sore throats, and common colds.

Additional Info: Usnea is lichen, which stands between fungi and algae. Each part of usnea is applied in herbal medicine. Usnea resembles hairy, long strings which occupy the tree branches of European and North American woods, where it can be found.

Preparation and Intake: Taken in capsules, the herb is used at a dose of 100 mg thrice a day. In for of tincture the herb is applied at a dose of 3-4 ml thrice a day.

Safety: Usnea is devoid of adverse effects and is commonly compatible with other herbal medications. It can be safely given to children, as well.

It is possible that the plant interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.