The westcoast of Canada has a limitless supply of E. arvense among other
Equisetum spp., but exporting fresh material overseas is next to impossible.
In addition, there is an enzyme in the fresh shoots that can lead to B
vitamin deficiency (can't remember the name off the top of my head), so
prolonged use is not recommended.
"Anthony Pigott" <Anthony.Pigott at btinternet.com> wrote in message
news:3C59DF5F.7760E4B8 at btinternet.com...
> Apologies for sending this again but there was no response from the last
> one - I know how quickly messages can get out of date on newsgroups.
> Please help if you can...
>> I hold the NCCPG National collection of Equisetum (Horsetails) - I know,
> most gardeners are trying to get rid of them! - and I have recently been
> contacted by a lady who is trying urgently to find a source of fresh
> shoots of Equisetum arvense (field horsetail). She has a serious medical
> condition which responds very well to a drink made from fresh shoots but
> not to anything else. The plants have died back in most parts of Britain
> and her local sources have literally dried up. She is anxious to find a
> supply of fresh shoots between now and next spring when they will return
> in abundance(!).
>> I wonder if anyone living in a very mild part of Britain or indeed
> elsewhere, might have shoots still green in their garden and could send
> her some. Apparently, she needs about four shoots a day which must be
> fresh, not dried or frozen (so the commercial herbal medicine supplies
> aren't of use). She would be happy to cover any reasonable costs for
> postage, etc.
>> If anyone can help, please call Sian Griffiths on 01446 781255 directly
> (+44 1446 781255).
>> If you have any queries about identifying the plant etc. you can e-mail
> me at Info at Equisetum.org.uk>> Apparently, only arvense has been used so I don't know whether any other
> Equisetum species may be effective. Arvense is likely to be the most
> readily available anyway.
>> Apologies for cross posting - I wanted to reach a wide audience.
>> Anthony Pigott