Cowparsnip Heracleum Sibiricum L.

Heracleum Sibiricum is a large, two-year, often perennial herbaceous plant of the family Umbelliferae. The root is thick, spindly, branched, yellow on the outside, and white on the inside. Stem is up to 2m. high, sloppy, covered with short hairs, with opposite branches. The basal leaves are large, non-obtuse, covering the stem, as well as the stem leaves. The stem leaves are large, 1-3 pairs of leaves or deeply cut. The flowers are white or greenish. The fruit is elliptical. After ripening the fruit is divided into two halves. Blooms in July - August. The whole plant especially, especially the fruit, has an unpleasant odor.

It is situated in the woods and in the wet places, along the rivers and roads, up to 1000 - 2000 m above sea level.

Roots (Radix Heraclei) of Heracleum Sibiricum and the upper part of the Siberian desert are used. Picking is September - October. The ground is picked up as it cuts about 25 cm at the beginning and during the flowering. The roots are dug in the autumn after the ripening of the fruit when the leaves of the plant begin to wither.

Leaves and flowers contain essential oil, vitamin C, carotene.

Medicine is used as a neuroprotective agent for the digestion of certain skin diseases, under the supervision of a physician.