Actions:Antimicrobial, Diuretic, Demulcent, and somewhat anti-inflammatory, antilithic, and tonic.
Constituents:plant saponins, mucilage, potassium, mannitol, inositol, silicic acid
Couchgrass is considered an invasive and undesireable weed in garden settings. It is a very common grass, ocurring throughout the world, in mostly medium-moisture areas. This grass spreads rapidly both by rhizome and by seed.
By itself, couchgrass is a mild diuretic, but since it is rich in saponins, which are constituents generally thought of as having anti-inflammatory properties on the body, it is used in conditions of prostatitis (enlarged prostate gland). Couchgrass may also be used (with good results) for conditions of urinary tract infections, such as cystitis or urethritis.
It may be used in cases of kidney stones with good effect in lessening the associated pain, due to its soothing, demulcent properties. Since this is a good tonic herb, (meaning it may be taken continuously for long periods), it acts to strengthen the urinary tract, and may even be of some benefit in the treatment of rheumatism, when used in conjunction with other herbs.
Collecting:Refrain from collecting this grass in areas of any agri-business fertilizer / pesticide runoff, (for obvious reasons). Dig the rhizome in the early spring or Fall. Wash the root thouroughly, and dry in the shade.
TEA:Make a strong decoction , using 2 teaspoonfuls per cup, simmering for aproximately 10 minutes. This should be drunk at the rate of 1 cup three times per day.
Tincture:take 60 to120 drops (3 to 6 ml.) three times per day. (in most cases, this should be taken in a cup of water).