Made as decoction (boiled) tea, the reed grass horsetail releases needs heat to release its silica, the mineral that comprises our joints, hair, nails, and teeth enamel. The high silica content in horsetail may make it the strongest alkalizing agent in nature. It may also be good for reducing pain and infection, such as with colds and flues as it powerfully flushes out uric acid through the kidneys, relieving their symptoms. Silica may be stripped from the body with the use of acidic coffee, sodas, poor quality alcohol, and enriched and processed food consumption, needing to be replaced and supplemented to stave off symptoms of depletion such as arthritis, nervous disorders, bleeding, jaundice, and excess perspiration. Silica may work to reduce these and other symptoms them after occurrence. Horsetail is naturally astringent and may be healing to the intestines and stomach, especially if there are ulcers or lesions. As a beauty enhancer it may strengthen hair, skin, and nails by allowing more calcium and other minerals to be assimilated for their growth. Horsetail provides alkaloids, flavonoids, silicates, phenolic acid, potassium, equiaitinee, and sterols that may make horsetail one of the best suppliers to dietary deficiencies that may cause, and help heal bladder infections, Prostatitis, skin sores, bed sores, and dispose of excess fluid by increasing the amount of urine produced by the kidneys. Red Men and south American natives traditionally used horsetail for arthritic joints, kidney infection, and as a pot scrubber.