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What Is Horsetail Used for Today?
Silicon plays a role in bone health, 1 and for this reason, horsetail has been recommended to prevent or treat osteoporosis , and to strengthen brittle nails . The famous German herbalist Rudolf Weiss also suggests that horsetail can relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis . 2 However, there is no real scientific evidence for these proposed uses.
- Fessenden RJ, Fessenden JS. The biological properties of silicon compounds. Adv Drug Res. 4():95-132.
- Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Gothenburg, Sweden: AB Arcanum; 1998:238–239.