Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Rosa canina

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Parts Used: Fruit
Remedies For:  Astringent, carminative, diuretic, tonic.Brier hips are particularly beneficial for the digestive apparatus and produce a diuretic effect without irritating the kidneys. Where there is a tendency toward kidney stones or gravel, use brier hips as a preventive or arrestant. Brier hips are also recommended for kidney or bladder inflammation. By eliminating uric acid accumulations, brier hips also help in gouty and rheumatic complaints. A decoction of crushed achenes is also sometimes used for fever and as a beverage tea.
Dosage: Infusion: Use 1 to 2 tsp. hips (without seeds) with I cup boiling water.
Decoction: Use 1/2 to 1 tsp. powdered achenes with I cup water. Boil until 1/2 cup of liquid remains. Drink in the course of the day.

Medicinal Uses
Astringent; Bach; Cancer; Carminative; Diuretic; Laxative; Ophthalmic; Tonic; Vermifuge.
The petals, hips and galls are astringent, carminative, diuretic, laxative, ophthalmic and tonic. The hips are taken internally in the treatment of colds, influenza, minor infectious diseases, scurvy, diarrhoea and gastritis. A syrup made from the hips is used as a pleasant flavouring in medicines and is added to cough mixtures.

A distilled water made from the plant is slightly astringent and is used as a lotion for delicate skins.

The seeds have been used as a vermifuge.

The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'Resignation' and 'Apathy'.

The fruit of many members of this genus is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds. It is also a fairly good source of essential fatty acids, which is fairly unusual for a fruit. It is being investigated as a food that is capable of reducing the incidence of cancer and also as a means of halting or reversing the growth of cancers.

TINCTURE - Take as an astringent for diarrhea, to relieve colic, or as a component in cough remedies.
SYRUP - Use to flavor other medicines, add to cough mixtures, or take as a source of vitamin C.

Pharmaceutical Uses.-The conserve made by beating the pulp with sugar, is called conserve of dog rose, or conserve of hips (Confectio Rosae Caninae, Br.), and is tenacious, retaining its softness for a long time, even under exposure to the air. It is a useful material for forming pill masses, and, as it contains less tannic acid, may be used as a substitute for the conserve of red roses, when preparations of iron are to enter into the pill mass.