I have made equally important observations, with even better results, in connection with another plant. Known by the names larch moss or beard moss {Usnea barbata), it is a lichen that grows on larch trees and its properties had not previously been analysed when I first became interested in it. During my skiing trips I would always chew some of this lichen. I noticed that deer and chamois enjoyed it too, because where there was deep snow the Usnea within the animals’ reach had always been nibbled off. Closer investigation has now shown that Usnea and certain other lichens are high in carbohydrates and therefore of considerable nutritive value. The animals seem to know this and make good use of the plant as food and, incidentally, of its antibiotic properties which make them resistant to disease. There is no doubt that Usnea clears up catarrh. I have seen this confirmed repeatedly. On occasions, after starting out on a tour, I would feel the onset of a sore throat and runny nose. As I went along I would chew Usnea and by the time I arrived home again my cold would have disappeared. Such valuable experience urged me to investigate this lichen more closely, and I now use the extract in the prophylactic medicine Usneasan.

Observations confirm that if you have a tendency to catarrh or colds, your resistance will be considerably improved by taking this remedy regularly. So why take the risk of using manufactured antibiotics which may inflict unwanted side effects? Why not use the cultivated and wild mountain plants, whose harmless but effective medicinal properties are always present in the right composition and proportions according to the laws of nature?


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