Malva Verticellata
Malva Verticellata
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The Chinese mallow or cluster mallow is also called malva verticillata. The use of this herb is common in alternative medicine, and has commonly been used by the Chinese culture for over 2,500 years. Alternative medicine focuses on using natural herbs that are found in the environment for their healing powers.



Malva verticillata is a flower that is in bloom from July to September. When growing malva verticillata, a grower must be careful that the soil does not have too much nitrogen in it. The plant is easily grown in moist soil, and it flourishes well if it has a great deal of exposure to the sun. The leaves have been found to absorbed nitrogen easily, and contain a great deal of nitrates. If you then consume malva verticillata, the nitrates could be harmful to your body.



Some people use the leaves of malva verticillata as food. They suggest that the leaves are excellent tasting in salad and can be used as a replacement for lettuce. The malva verticillata plant can also be made into tea by the use of its leaves. This is to help aid with digestive problems. If a person has a sore throat, they can also gargle with the tea, as the potency will help soothe the pain of the throat.

Malva verticillata is used to treat problems with the kidneys, constipation, and to enhance breast milk supply. Even though it is used to increase lactation, it should never be taken when breastfeeding. If you are looking for another alternative to increase breast milk production, take fenugreek or eat oatmeal.

It is the seed of the plant, which is ripe from August to October, that is used as the medicine to treat these problems. Malva verticillata has also been found to lower blood sugar, which should be a precaution for people with diabetes. The malva verticillata seed has also been found to affect the functions of the immune system. In Tibet, the roots of the plant are used to induce vomiting in patients that have been diagnosed with whooping cough. Malva verticillata is a very strong laxative and can cause a person to have diarrhea.

Since this herb is a diuretic and can be used as a laxative, some misuse this ancient seed as a weight loss drug. Using a laxative is never a good "diet" to go on, and malva verticillata should not be used as such. Misusing the drug in this way can only lead to other serious problems. Others have also reported taking the herb as a colon cleanse.
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