CYPRES (Cupressus sempervirens L.)
Where did he come from?
An ornamental tree well known in our landscapes, cypress is recommended in herbal medicine to relieve circulatory and venous disorders, thanks to the composition of its cones, rich in polyphenols. However, its therapeutic properties are more extensive. The parts used in medicine are essentially female cones.
Cypress grows in Mediterranean climates. It is particularly grown in southern Europe, on dry and deep soil.
Tradition has often dedicated the cypress to the worship of the dead and the ornamentation of cemeteries because of its dark foliage and eternally green color. In Greek medicine as in the Middle Ages, cypress was used mainly for its anti-hemorrhoidal virtues.
It is often planted in gardens, cemeteries or wind-protective hedges in Mediterranean regions, so some specimens are thought to be 2,000 years old.The Egyptians used his wood to make the sarcophagi. Cypress wood is still used today for the work of traditional Italian harpsichords.In the past, the Greeks treated dysentery, asthma, coughing and bloody spitting by administering Cypress cones crushed and macerated in wine.
How can we describe it botanically?
The cypress is a tree with a slender trunk. It can reach up to 25 meters in height. Its reddish grey bark exudes a very strong smell of turpentine. The leaves are persistent, small, greyish green in colour and shaped like scales. Flowers grouped in kittens give birth to fruits called galbules or Cypress nuts.Restoring the properties of the cypress requires the completeness and integrity of the components of its female cones. Hydroalcoholic extraction at varying degrees of dilution and low temperature allows the extraction and preservation of the components, especially tannins, responsible for the protective activity of the connective and antiviral tissue of the cypress.
What is it made of?
Cypress consists mainly of tannins, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, diterpenic acid and essential oil.
What are its main pharmacological properties?
Cypress has astringent, vasoconstrictive, hepatoprotective and antihemorrhagic properties. In particular, it reduces the risk of menopausal fracture by improving trabecular micro-architecture (sugiol).Proanthocyanidolic or proanthocyanidols (flavonoid polymers) are angio-protective, inhibitors of the angiotensin, elastase and trypsin conversion enzyme.
Anti-tussif and anti-infective pulmonary (thanks to the essential oil it naturally contains), cypress is known for its antiviral activity (proanthocyanidols have protein-fixing properties, particularly on enzyme substrates, and on cell surface proteins, thus limiting virus/host cell recognition and viral replication). Cypress is also diuretic, veinotonic and cardioprotective.
What are the indications of Cypress?
- Venous circulatory disorders (varicose veins, hemorrhoids)
- Menopause Metrorragia
- Coughy poppy
- Rheumatic pain
- Viral infections (acute, chronic or recurrent): bronchitis, flu, measles, rubella, chickenpox, mumps, herpes, shingles, mononucleosis (EBV), cytomegalovirus, viral hepatitis…) – All DNA viruses (Adenovirus, Polio 1, Hepatitis A, Corona virus, Influenza would be susceptible to a high concentration of proanthocyanidols (by expression of structural proteins)
- Lung connective tissue: emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
What are the job precautions?
- Under-indicated in pregnant or lactating women
- No prolonged use
- No drug interactions have been reported to date
How to take it and at what dosage?
In masterful preparation
Here is the dosage of Fluid Extracts of Fresh Plants Standardized in Glycere solution (EPS):
1 c. coffee morning and evening for 1 month, renewable 3 months, to dilute in a large glass of water.
- ENT-Aigus (bronchitis, flu…) and childhood diseases (Rougeole, Rubella, Varicelle, Mumps): Cypress – Echinacea (O/– Reglisse if painful inflammatory phenomena)
> Acute: Child: 1 ml/10kg/ 3 to 4 times/day
>Adult: 3 to 4 càc per day
For 5 to 7 days
>Eneed: Child: 1 ml/10kg/day
>Adult: 1 càc/day
To be taken 7 days/month or for vulnerable people (history of repeated infections) 4 days a week during the period at
> Acute: 3 to 4 càc/day
For 5 to 7 days
>In prevention of recurrence or chronic: 1 to 2 càc/day
> Acute: 2 to 4 càc/day for 15 to 30 days
> Chronicle: 1 to 2 càc/day for 1 month to renew
1 to 2 càc/day for 1 month