What You Should Know
Couchgrass (Triticum repens), also know as Twitchgrass, Agropyron, Quackgrass and Dogs Grass, is an herb with several different purported healing properties. It claims to possess soothing mild diuretic properties, work as a demulcent, an anticholesterolaemic, an aperient and an antimicrobial. Couchgrass is considered a pervasive perennial grass and it can grow up to 1.5 meters high. It can be found in America, Europe, Australia and Northern Asia. When it is made into a supplement or alternative medicine treatment the rhizomes are used. Couchgrass and most supplements containing it is said to be able to be used by both adult men and women of all fitness levels.
Couchgrass is a popular alternative medicine for diseases and conditions such as urinary tract infections, bladder infections, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and prostate infections. It is also believed to be beneficial in treating cystitis, renal calculus and lithuria. It may also be effective in treating urinary system tension conditions such as nervous incontinence and enuresis. Couchgrass is thought to work in conjunction with other herbs to help alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism. Since it claims to have demulcent properties it is thought to aid in soothing inflammation and irritation. It is also thought to be able to help treat kidney stones and gravel. Couchgrass is also believed to be an effective diuretic.
- Couchgrass may be beneficial in aiding in the treatment of several diseases and conditions.
- This herb has been used for centuries in humans and has also been used to treat certain ailments in dogs.
- Those who are planning to become pregnant should not use Couchgrass or any supplement containing it.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use this herb or any supplement containing it.
- Those who have had an allergic reaction to any medication should not use Couchgrass or any supplement containing it without a doctors consent.
- Those who have heart disease, high blood pressure, blood vessel disease or any other conditions should not use this herb or any supplements containing it without a doctors consent.
- Those using large quantities of Couchgrass for extended periods of time may experience potassium deficiency.
- If this herb comes into contact with the skin it may cause inflammation.
Couchgrass doesn’t really stand out from the rest of the wellness herbs available today. Couchgrass may not be an effective weight loss supplement because it doesn’t seem to be able to suppress the appetite or burn fat so those seeking appetite suppression and fat burning may want to research different herbs. Those seeking weight loss should also develop a healthy diet and exercise program. Users will need to assess their health and fitness goals and decide if using Couchgrass or any supplements containing it is right for them.