Benefits Of Acanthus Mollis (Bear's Breeches) For Health

Benefits Of Acanthus Mollis (Bear's Breeches) For Health

What is Acanthus Mollis (Bear's Breeches)

Acanthus mollis (bear’s breeches), commonly known as bear's breeches, bearsfoot or oyster plant, is a herbaceous perennial plant with an underground rhizome in the genus Acanthus. It is regarded as an invasive species in some jurisdictions.

Benefits Of Acanthus Mollis (Bear's Breeches) For Health
Acanthus Mollis (Bear's Breeches)

The Acanthus mollis common is name, a family of mostly perennial herbs and shrubs, and mostly native to the tropics. Acanthus mollis reaches on average 30–80 centimetres of height, with a maximum of 180 centimetres, inflorescence included. Acanthus mollis has basal clusters of deeply lobed and cut, shiny dark green leaves, soft to the touch, up to 40 centimetres long and 25 centimetres broad, with a long petiole. The inflorescence is a cylindrical spike 30–40 centimetres long and can produce up to 120 flowers. The flowers are tubular, whitish, and lilac or rose in colour. Each flower is up to 5 centimetres long and it is surrounded by three green or purplish bracts. This species flowers in late spring or early summer, from May through August.

Acanthus mollis are native to the Mediterranean region and are cultivated in Britain, although some appear to have naturalized in Cornwall. In the 17th century, these were called Brank-ursine, meaning bear’s claws, which referred, possibly, to the shape of the flowers. Acanthus mollis contain mucilage and tannin, which makes or rather made them useful in traditional medicine systems in Europe.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Acanthus Mollis (Bear's Breeches)

Acanthus Mollis has been used as a wound healer and internally taken to soothe the mucous membranes in the digestive and urinary tracts. The crushed leaves have been used in poultices and placed on burns or scalds to relieve the pain. It is a first- rate remedy for burns, drawing out the fire, and heals it with­out a scar.

Acanthus Mollis has astringent qualities and has been used to treat diarrhea and to heal wounds, as well as being used to clean wounds. It has been taken internally to purify the blood and to calm the stomach.

Acanthus Mollis is also a valuable remedy in hectic fevers, as it re­stores radical moisture to the consumptive. It has been much used as a diuretic.

Indians used the acanthus Mollis leaves for as anti-venom.

Note: All herbs and application should always be consulted from a doctor.