Spruce needles have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, diaphoretic, analgesic, choleretic, diuretic and antiscorbutic effects. Due to the presence of a large amount of ascorbic acid, carotene and chlorophyll, spruce needles regulate metabolism, improve blood formation.
For medicinal purposes, young tops of branches with buds, young needles, young cones, resin and turpentine are used.
The official pharmaceutical industry obtains vitamins C, K from young spruce needles, as well as some drugs for the treatment of atherosclerosis, fungal diseases and urolithiasis.
But spruce found wider application in folk medicine. Its medicinal properties have been known since ancient times. Young shoots of trees, especially their tops, were often used by our ancestors for the treatment of bronchial asthma, disorders of the kidneys and bladder, as well as in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract.
In addition, spruce baths are very useful, as they effectively help with joint pain and rheumatism, regardless of their origin.
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