Zozulinets is called “wild orchid” and the young roots are used in medicine. It is dug up, cleaned from the ground, skins, washed with running cold water, immersed in boiling water and dried in a suspended state.
Underground rhizomes (saleps) have an enveloping effect, which is explained by the presence of mucus. Therefore, a decoction is made from the tubers for the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the stomach and intestines, it is also used for coughs, inflammation of the throat and mouth. Decoction is used externally for tumors and abscesses. The mucilage of the plant is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it possible to treat acute and chronic diseases of the respiratory tract. It contains a large percentage of mannan, a substance that has prebiotic properties. It has a positive effect on metabolic processes in tissues. This substance prevents the absorption of harmful products and poisons from the digestive tract.
Zozulinets roots are used to prepare medicinal enemas and oral preparations. Water infusions are famous for their blood-cleansing, strengthening, anti-inflammatory and hematopoietic properties. The use of the root of the plant helps patients with tuberculosis, people who have had severe bleeding and suffer from intestinal catarrh.
Antibacterial properties of phytoncides, which zozulinets has, protect against inflammation of the prostate and slow down the aging process of the tissues of the genital organs. The tonic effect on the male body as a whole gives strength and confidence in one’s ability. When using the decoction, the dosage should be followed to avoid excessive excitement.
The plant helps elderly people maintain their strength. Medicines from the root help with poisoning by the poison of scorpions, bees, snakes, intoxication – chemical and bacterial toxins.