Healing properties and contraindications of hemlockspotted

Update: October 2018 Hemlock Spotted (wild parsley,
whistle, puzzle, stinker, dagil dog) – this is poisonous
herbaceous biennial plant of the umbrella family. Grows
in North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), in Europe, Asian
regions with a temperate climate. Russia is growing everywhere
It is found both in Western Siberia and in warm climatic conditions.
zones of the Caucasus. Absolutely not exacting about soil and conditions.
growth – on the ground rich in nutrients grows
a large bush, and on lean soils has a more modest appearance.
It is a good honey plant, but puzzle-based honey is

Features of the life cycle of the plant

The first year of life is characterized by the formation of basal
plumes of feathery leaves that look like parsley.
Accidental eating of animals and human consumption
instead of parsley can lead to serious poisoning! The fact,
that the leaves do not have an unpleasant or bitter taste, and therefore they

In the second year, a hollow high stem appears that is covered
numerous spots (hence the name – spotted). On stalk
inflorescence-umbrella opens, fruits resemble anise seeds,

Sometimes wild parsley is confused with Dagel, a medicinal plant,
growing on the meadows. The characteristic difference is the hemlock
unpleasant, like a mouse smell, especially if the leaf or
rub the stem in the hands. This smell emanates all parts of the plant.
The name of the hemlock is sometimes confused with the marsh wild rosemary, which
also popularly called hemlock and puzzles. However this
completely different plants, and are not interchangeable.

Morphological description

The root has a whitish spindle-shaped color. Stem
branchy, thin, grooved, hollow inside, 60-180 cm high.
Sometimes it has a slimy patina, and at the bottom is
reddish brown spots.

полезные свойства болиголоваThe leaves are arranged alternately.
The lower leaves are wide-triangular, three-pedigree (similar to
parsley), have petioles, reach a length of 30-60 cm. Primary and
secondary lobes are located on small petioles, and the lowest
– sessile. Tertiary lobes are oblong-ovate.
Middle and upper leaves less complex, small, almost
sessile, with narrow vagina. Leaf end
pinnately incised or separate, have an oblong shape.

The flowers are white, small, five-dimensional. Numerous
umbrellas are collected in inflorescences of corymbose-paniculate form. Each
the inflorescence has 12-20 rays, slightly rough with an inner
parties. Few leaf wrappers are characterized by
ovoid-lanceolate form, turned down, fused together
3-5 pieces. Five petals of white color are bent inwards.
a slice. Stamens are also five, they alternate with petals. Pestle
has a bilocular ovary at the bottom, and two columns 1 mm long,
which ends with stigmas. Substand of a short conical shape,
two times shorter than the column.

It blooms in summer, in June and July. Fruits are egg-shaped or rounded
are dvusemyanki light brown color, slightly compressed by
sides, with wavy protruding ribs. Fall into two
Mericarp, each 3-3.5 mm long. Ripen in

Plant hazard

The poisonous component of the plant is alkaloids: konyin and
other toxic substances – methylconiin, conicine, conhydrin,
pseudoconhydrin. Have a neuroparalytic effect,
retain their activity in dried form, fall into infusions and
decoctions. Is the puzzle as dangerous as it is written? Here are some

  • during the time of ancient greece the plant was used as a poison for
  • The death of Socrates evolved according to the scenario of poisoning with koniin:
    ascending paralysis, numbness, originating from toes and
    rising higher (death occurs as a result of paralysis
    diaphragm and, respectively, stop breathing). As described now
    historians and physicians, in prison the philosopher was given a decoction
    hemlock, not cycuta;
  • 3 kg of fresh grass plants can kill a cow or horse;
  • there have been cases of severe alkaloid poisoning
    plants in children that made pipes from stems and blew in them
    (i.e., contact with the oral mucosa was ensured).

The toxicity of the plant is not the same for the life of the plant: more
the amount of alkaloids in the leaves is detected before flowering, after
poisons partially pass into seeds.

Hence the conclusion that the inept handling of a plant can
end with resuscitation, so self-treatment is unacceptable. Before
use of drugs should consult a doctor or
a phytotherapeutist and only a doctor should find out if he can be treated
hemlock in your particular case.

Chemical composition

All parts of the plant contain:

  • Alkaloids. In fruits – 2%, in flowers – up to 0.24%, in leaves –
    up to 0.1%;
  • Fatty oil, in which glycerides of petroselidin and
    petroselinic acid;
  • Caffeic acid;
  • Quercetin;
  • Kempferol.

Harvesting plants

For therapeutic purposes use grass, flowers, leaves and fruits
plants that should be harvested during the flowering period in summer.
During collection of the plant, direct skin contact with the hands should be avoided.
its parts – tear off only with gloves. You can not try the plant
to taste, you should also exclude the presence of children in the collection.

Raw materials are dried only in aired non-residential premises, outside
access by unauthorized persons, children and animals. Dry grass stored
separately from other raw materials, in closed iron banks, having signed,
what exactly is in the bank. Best kept in a locker,
which is locked.

Medicinal properties and use in medicine

Despite its toxicity, wild parsley has long been used
in medicine. Alkaloids, in addition to the negative effect, in
certain concentrations have a strong pain killer,
immunostimulating, hypotensive, antispasmodic,
wound healing action. These hemlock properties allow
apply it for therapeutic purposes.

  • Hippocrates in his treatises suggested that in meager doses
    juice puzzles can be beneficial. Avicenna and Dioscorides
    used the plant in practice against many ailments.
  • In antiquity, in Russia, plants were effectively treated with drugs.
    epilepsy, syphilis, convulsive cough, panic states,
    tumors and other diseases. In the medical work “Izbornik
    Svyatoslav Yaroslavich “, which was released in 1074, has already been proposed
    recipes for healing benign and malignant tumors and
    sexually transmitted diseases decoction and infusion of hemlock.
  • The herb was part of the official pharmacopoeia of Russia until the end of the XIX century.
    (from 1866 to 1902). Now, due to the poisonousness of the plant
    is strictly prohibited for use in the official
  • In Russia, plant preparations are regularly examined in
    experimental laboratories. One such study
    was conducted by Ph.D. Popova E.V. in 2008: during the tests was
    proven anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect of drugs
    plants comparable to nimesulide. Scientists have proven that tincture
    plants can stop the development of arthritis. And also
    experimental animals treated with hemlock tincture,
    significantly increased life expectancy, which allows
    consider the plant as promising in this direction in
    human population.
  • European countries conduct research
    which are aimed at getting anticancer drugs based on
    plant extract. In Spain, Austria, Portugal, Germany,
    Bulgaria, France, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, the puzzle is included in
    official pharmacopoeia.

Today hemlock, given the therapeutic properties and contraindications,
applied in folk medicine in a variety of states:

  • general exhaustion and weakness;
  • vascular diseases: atherosclerosis, anemia, hemorrhoids,
    varicose veins, thrombophlebitis;
  • menstrual disorders: amenorrhea;
  • autoimmune pathologies: lupus, rheumatism;
  • bone diseases and metabolism (arthrosis deformans,
    polyarthritis, gout);
  • headache and migraine, insomnia;
  • chronic infectious processes: prolonged inflammation of the eyes,
    syphilis, tuberculosis;
  • impotence.

The most famous applications of hemlock – as effective
painkiller for various pathologies, and as a drug
for the prevention and treatment of benign and malignant
tumors: mastopathy, bladder polyps, uterus, intestines,
skin tumors, prostate adenomas, etc.

According to many herbalists, hemlock cancer is effective
even at stage 4 of the disease, stops the growth of metastasis and even
eliminate them. However, official confirmation of this information
no, so experiment with your health and refuse
from traditional treatment in favor of herbal medicine is unacceptable!

Hemlock preparations

In online stores, some pharmacies and specialized
stores you can buy drugs based on this plant or in
composed with him.

  • Кониум. Multicomponent drug that
    used in homeopathy, used to treat tumors
    lymph nodes (benign and malignant),
    convulsive states, bronchial asthma and a number of other pathologies.
    However, it contains only traces of hemlock in strong dilutions,
    therefore cannot cause harm.
  • Tincture болиголова. Where can one buy? Sold in
    online stores of Russia (manufacturers – LLC “Blagoda-Altai”,
    �”Heather”, “Kedroff” and others), is positioned as a natural
    biostimulator for the treatment of cancer, diseases of the joints,
    atherosclerosis, lymphadenitis and other diseases. Available
    tincture and self.
  • Сухая трава. Used for cooking
    various dosage forms, requires caution and strict
    dosing according to the instructions.

Hemlock treatment

Traditional medicine uses fresh leaves, water and spirit
infusions, as well as oil and ointment of this herb. Water infusion hemlock
It is considered the most gentle means, and alcohol – the most active,
therefore, it is used for radical treatment.


Водная: 1 ч.л. 250 ml of boiling water is poured over fresh raw materials,
insist in a thermos 5-6 hours. Store in the refrigerator for 5

Спиртовая: Берут стеклянную банку объемом 0,5 л,
filled with fresh ground raw materials on the third (or 30 grams dry
травы), заливают сверху водкой до горлышка, закрывают и insist
14 days.

Tincture Тищенко: свежие соцветия растения укладывают в
банку до верха, неплотно, заливают водкой и insist 15 days

Tincture из семян: свежие семена укладывают в стеклянную
container to the top, pour medical alcohol and stand 15

How to take hemlock:

  1. The most common regimen: 2 drops of tincture for 1
    st.l. water, up to 5 times a day before meals. With severe pains that
    provoked by intestinal spasm, menstruation, stomach,
    renal colic, the dose may be increased to 10 drops.
  2. To eliminate pain, you can moisten cotton wool in alcohol tincture.
    and apply it outside to the painful focus.
  3. For the activation of immunity, treatment and prevention of tumors,
    neoplasms, polyps, prostate adenoma is most common
    Tishchenko scheme (“three slides” technique). 1 hour before meals (optimally –
    before breakfast) drink half a glass of clean water with
    adding a certain amount of tincture:

    • in 1 day take 1 drop, then add 1 drop each
      the day before reaching 13 drops;
    • after 13 drops they are diluted in 150 ml of water, and after 25 drops
      – should take 250 ml of water;
    • when the number of drops reaches 40, and their number and volume
      water is reduced in the reverse order, until it reaches 1 drop;
    • then they start the exact same course, without taking a break, then –
      course again and so on

    In general, treatment according to the Tishchenko scheme takes 8 months. About
    after 25 drops, patients may notice a painful reaction, and in
    In this case, hemlock should be drunk in the minimum dose (up to 15 drops per
    сут.)  до полного исчезновения симптомов.

  4. Another safe treatment option for this scheme
    Increasing the dose to 15 drops and applying this dose is considered 4
    months in a row, after which the amount of tincture is gradually
  5. Nikiforov’s method is a radical method that is used for
    severe pathologies. Tincture taken 3 times a day strictly through
    6 h. The number of drops to receive at times: on day 1, 5, then each
    day add 1 drop and reach 30 drops, which
    take 3 times a day., then reduce the dose drop by drop until
    reach 5 drops.

Fresh leaves

Suitable for external use: they are kneaded and mashed
to the joints or seals for 60 min. Repeat such procedures 3-4.
times a day.

Oil infusion

50 gr. dry grass pour 0.5 liters of vegetable oil and
soak in a dark place for 3 weeks.

The second method allows to obtain an even more effective drug:
Fresh immature fruits of a plant are taken as a basis, which are poured on
one third of the tank, and the rest of the volume is poured with vegetable oil. But
before use, this drug is further diluted with oil
1: 2.

Oil infusion подходит для наружного применения для компрессов
in the treatment of internal tumors (including mastopathy, seals
mammary glands), thromboflerbitis, joint diseases, all kinds
tumors with external localization, hemorrhoids.


It is obtained from dry grass (milled) and take on 0,06
gr. in the morning and in the evening with sugar. Gradually increase the dose to 0.6-1.
gr. appointment). Can also be used externally to treat polyps
the nose.


Fresh grass steamed in boiling water or boiled for 3-5 minutes in milk,
then wrapped in gauze and these warm pads are applied to
diseased joints, hard tumors, bone and gouty
growths, edema.

Hemlock Ointment

Для ее получения берут 100 мл оливкового масла, 2 st.l. dry
травы болиголова, insist в прохладном месте 14 days.
Strain through 8-10 layers of gauze – the first preparation for ointment
is ready. Heat another 100 ml of vegetable oil on the smallest.
fire, so that it does not boil, but was red-hot, and thrown into it
pieces of wax candles, stirring so that the wax dissolves. Wax
add until the oil turns white. When wax
the solution is cooled to a warm state, it is mixed with oil
harvesting plants and leave to freeze in the refrigerator. Apply
for all external tumors, blisters, cuts, hemorrhoids,
impose on the skin in the area of ​​projection of the cancer of the internal
body (if it is an area of ​​the head or neck – contact time is not more than 2


In the treatment of gynecological diseases such as uterine fibroids,
cysts, polyps, endometrial hyperplasia, endometriosis, cancer of the uterus and
ovaries parallel to the internal receiving tinctures hold local
treatment with tampons soaked in therapeutic infusion. For his
obtain take chamomile, sage, calendula, 1 tsp grass mixtures
заливают 1 стаканом кипятка, insist 30 минут, процеживают.
Sterile swab moistened in the infusion and drip on top of it 2-3
drops of aqueous hemlock tincture. The tampon is put on the night every
day, parallel to the internal treatment.

Why hemlock helps in the treatment of cancer

The poisonous plant works according to the homeopathic principle:
like treat like. The human body perceives alkaloids,
as foreign substances similar to cancer cells and pathogens
infections, and begins to activate all of its reserves, trying
get rid of the poison. Immune cells in parallel begin to destroy
and tumor cells, their own altered cells (with
autoimmune diseases), viruses and bacteria, which leads to
recovery. The most important thing is the treatment in small doses, to
which the body gradually adapts.

However this теория, которая пока не имеет официального научного
confirmation. This should be understood by all patients who
decided to receive hemlock.

Peculiarities of treatment with hemlock and cautions

During the entire period of treatment should be excluded from the diet.
dairy products and sour food. Since the preparations of the plant
contain alkaloids, the likelihood of adverse development is very high

Sensitivity to alkaloids each has its own. But очень важно
know the warning signs of poisoning that require immediate
cancellation of treatment and emergency treatment to the doctor: the appearance of nausea,
salivation, headache, dizziness, breathing problems,
weakness in the legs, numbness of the ascending type. First marked
excitement of the central nervous system, and then depression. Before the arrival of the ambulance you need a drink
plenty of warm, honey-sweetened water and induce vomiting,
then take activated charcoal and drink it with plenty
milk with the addition of potassium permanganate (to pinkish color). Hesitate with
medical care is not possible because the clinical picture
develops quickly and artificial ventilation may be needed

Contraindications hemlock

Despite the toxicity, individual intolerance and
allergy to hemlock develop extremely rarely. However, this
does not mean that treatment is a panacea and will certainly render
positive effect. According to herbalists, in 30% of patients
there is a positive trend in the background of treatment, since they have
The proper immunological response to alkaloids does not develop.

Plant preparations are contraindicated:

  • people with plant intolerance;
  • children under 18;
  • expectant mothers and lactating women;
  • malnourished patients who are on parenteral
    nutrition, mechanical ventilation, etc .;
  • in the recovery period after surgery;
  • with severe and moderate liver dysfunction. This particular
    the body performs a detoxification function, and during treatment
    hemlock liver will have to work in an enhanced mode.

Your reviews about the hemlock and its effectiveness can be left in
comments on the article.

Автор: врач-гигиенист, эпидемиолог

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