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#Hieracium pilosella





Who is it?

The pilosella (Hieracium pilosella), with an apparently innocent and light-hearted name, is a phytotherapeutic superhero that offers all of itself for the good of dogs and cats. For their well-being, the whole plant is used and not just one or some parts.
This composite belongs to the same family as the dandelion, albeit of a more minute size, to which it resembles mainly due to its yellow flower.



The Superpowers

The first to notice and point out the superpowers of the pilosella, recognizing it as a heroine and not a normal citizen, was Saint Hildegarda in the twelfth century, who agreed to use it for medical purposes.
Embellished with inulin and tannins, flavonoids, caffeic and chlorogenic acid, the pilosella helps to soothe different needs.
The main action for which it is called to work is the diuretic one, in which it is particularly capable if it is fresh and not dried.

The pilosella also promotes the elimination through the urine of uric acid and chlorine, as well as having antiseptic properties and promoting the reparative processes at the level of the bladder mucosa. Possessing an antibiotic activity, the pilosella mercilessly kills the bacterium which, in cases of kidney failure or urinary duct stones, irritates the dog or cat, with a real antibiotic activity.

The pilosella is not denied to anyone and finds bread for its teeth also in the treatment of cystitis and struvite stones which, due to their rough surface, can damage the cat's urethra and make him lose blood from the urine. The pilosella in these cases favors the healing processes, an action that sees it present both in internal bleeding as in this case, and in external ones.
Close to femininity, pilosella is also useful in cases of overweight or cellulite, while tannins, in addition to allowing it to carry out the previously mentioned tasks, give it astringent properties.
The pilosella has bacteriostatic activity, limiting bacterial replication, and fights colibacillosis, the pathology caused by Escherichia coli.

However, she does not waste herself and lends her hand, on the contrary she offers herself all, in its ineffable qualities, to the liver, causing an increase in bile secretion and contraction of the gallbladder (choleretic and cholagogue activity).
In folk medicine, the dried leaves of pilosella helped to stop epistaxis, or the loss of nosebleeds, while in herbal teas, in addition to the astringent effect, it was useful for sore throats.


Where to find it

Pelosetta and jaunty, the pilosella hops from one bag to another to indulge and make its very important contribution: from the FORZA10 Renal Active, both for dogs and cats , to the Urinary Active only for cats, without forgetting the corresponding foods, wet, from the Actiwet line.



The pilosella, also called piloselle in French, derives its name from the Latin pilosus, or hairy, a description due to its leaves, covered by a light down. In France, however, it is also called oreille de souris, or mouse ears, a common name translated slavishly also in English, where it is called mouse ear. Also in this case the reason for the choice lies in the leaves, but this time because of their particular shape.

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