The dry, finely powdered spores of club moss are used to promote healing by drying excess moisture that can cause skin irritation and itching in eczema, much like cornstarch or colloidal oatmeal. These antibiotic spores are are non-toxic, unlike the leaves and stems of the plant that contain two poisonous alkaloids, lycopodine and clavadine. Club moss was used as an whole herb in traditional Chinese medicine, and in homeopathic amounts in the West. Also has anticancer , antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral properties.
A herb is known as “Club Moss” is one of the most studied plant species in the recent years. The scientific name of Club Moss is Lycopodium annotinum belonging to family Lycopodiaceae.
These plants are inhabitant to tropical mountains but also commonly found in the northern forests. Club mosses are evergreen herbs with needlelike or scalelike leaves.
They contain cone-like clusters of small leaves known as strobiles, and each of them has a kidney-shaped spore capsule at its base. This herb produces asexual spores to continue its generations.
Common Names: Licopodio, Lycopode, Lycopode en Massue, Lycopodium, Lycopodium clavatum, Shen Jin Cao, Stags Horn, Vegetable Sulfur, Witch Meal, Wolfs Claw.
Put a teaspoon of club moss into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 1-2 times per day, unsweetened.
Some studies of the extract of this drug have shown anti-inflammatory properties and also support its folkloric use.
Recent researches have shown that the herb shows antifungal action on Staphylococcus aureus. It also showed the antiradical effect on DPPH. Hence, it can be suggested that the drug has all the above-mentioned properties.
There have been researches which showed that the extract of the herbs, when given to mice, altered the functioning of the hepato-carcinogens. Treatment with the spores decreased a good amount of occurrence of tumors in the liver of a mouse. This proves actions against hepatotoxicity.
Ethanolic extract of the drug contains various types of alkaloids which show major potential for chemotherapy.
Micro-anatomical studies of the hepatic tissues confirmed that herb could protect the livers from carbon tetrachloride damage in rats.
The spores of club moss have been tested to produce a powder which can be used as a chemical marker for various forensic studies and evaluation.
Various studies on the homeopathic formulation os this herb has shown that the drug shows analgesic and CNS depressant effects. Behavioral studies have proved the action of the drugs in rats and mice.
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