SMALL FLOWERED WILLOW-HERB (Epilobium
Once I received a letter from a family man in which it said, I quote: "I
beg you to show me a way back to health and give my family back their healthy father."
Before, he had related his story: In 1961 a chronic inflammation of the prostate
gland became acute through bathing in water containing radium. He went from
one hospital to another, no doctor operated on him, he was in despair. Every
time he had a bowel movement, there was pus and blood in the stools. Due to
the many medications he developed duodenal ulcers, serious liver disorders and
the valuable intestinal bacteria were destroyed. He became very sick and, on the
doctor's orders, had to stop all medication. Then he was, as he wrote, operated
on electrically. Despite the operation the inflammation did not clear up.
Medications and injections worsened his condition again.
Then he started to drink
Stinging Nettle tea and a special tea for bladder trouble, which improved his
condition so far that he was able to go back to work. He could have spared himself
all this suffering had he but known the Small Flowered Willow-herb which can
cure disorders of the prostate gland.
The Willow-herb, until now hardly found
mentioned in herbals, has since the first publication of this book in the German
language started an almost triumphal march across Europe and even further,
as a medicinal herb for disorders of the prostate gland.
Since there are
several species of Willow-herb and some people are uncertain which are the ones
with the medicinal properties I will mention the ones that can be used: Pink
Willow-herb (Epilobium roseum), Small flowered Willow-herb (Epilobium parviflorum),
Mountain Willow-herb (Epilobium montanum), Dark-green Willow-herb (Epilobium
obscurum), Lance-leaved Willow-herb (Epilobium lanzeolatum), Hill Willow-herb
(Epilobium collinum), Marsh Willow-herb (Epilobium palustre), Gravel Willow-herb
(Epilobium fleischeri), and Alpine Willow-herb (Epilobium anagallidifolium).
The Willow-herbs with the medicinal properties are recognizable
by their small flowers. The colour is reddish, pale-pink to almost white.
The flowers stand on top of the long thin pod-like seed vessels. These later
split, disclosing many silky white hairs in which are embedded the tiny seeds.
Of the varieties mentioned, the whole herb is gathered, that is, stems with
leaves and flowers, but care should be taken to pick the herb in the middle of
the stem - it breaks easily - so that it can form new side shoots. The plant is
cut in the fresh slate. Even in the most severe cases only 2 cups of Willow-herb
tea are drunk, 1 cup in the morning on an empty stomach and 1 cup in the
evening. But it does not mean that a visit to the doctor is not necessary. In
any case, for every serious illness, a doctor has to be consulted.
2 species of
Willow-herb which can hardly be mistaken for the smaller species are the Great
Hairy Willow-herb (Epilobium hirsutum) and the Rose Bay Willow-herb (Epilobium
angustifollum). These must not be gathered. The first has large rose-purple
flowers. It grows, much branched, in masses by ponds, in marshes and damp
meadows and reaches a height of 150 cm. The stems and leaves are fleshy and slightly
The Austrian botanist, Richard Willfort, who knew the Willow-herb
as a medicinal plant well, does not mention it in his book. As he said,
it could be easily mistaken for the Great Hairy Willow-herb which, compared
to the Small Flowered Willow-herb, has flowers 5 times as large, its stems
and leaves are fleshy and it grows a lot taller, but has the opposite effect.
The Rose Bay Willow-herb (Epilobium angustifolium) also know as Fireweed,
Blood Vine, Blooming Salty, grows in copses, waste grounds recently cleared
and edges of woods and reaches a height of 150 cm. The slightly reddish stems
end in long showy spikes of rose-purple flowers. When these abundantly growing
Rose Bay Willow-herbs flower, they turn areas into fire-red patches.
a young woman, when my father-in-law, in his prime, died from hypertrophy of the
prostate gland. A neighbour who knew a lot about herbs showed me the Small Flowered
Willow-herb and said: "Had your father-in-law drunk the tea made from this
plant he would still be alive today. Take note of this plant! You are still a
young woman and you might be able to help a lot of people."
But as things go when
one is young and healthy, I did not trouble myself about it. Not so my mother!
She gathered Willow-herb every year and was able to help many people suffering
from bladder or kidney disorders.
The curative effect is so great that,
often suddenly, all complaints caused by prostate disorder disappear.
were cases, where men were to have an operation, the urine came only in drops
and 1 cup of this tea brought relief. Of course, the tea has to be drunk throughout
a period to bring about complete recovery.
Through my mother I heard of
a patient who had undergone 3 operations for clinically diagnosed cancer of the
bladder and who was in a sad state. I recommended Willow-herb tea. Later I heard
from his doctor that he had recovered. This happened at a time when I did not
concern myself with medicinal herbs. But this case had a lasting effect on me.
My mother often told me not to forget to gather Willow-herb should She be gone
In 1961 my dear mother died and I forgot to gather Willow-herb that
summer. In the surgery of my doctor I learned that an acquaintance of mine was
in hospital with cancer of the bladder. I thought of the Willow-herb. The doctor,
although not against herbs, said that in this case, nothing could help.
But I had not gathered any Willow-herb and noticed with dismay that it was now
the middle of October, everything would be wilted and dried up. Nevertheless I
went to a place where I had seen them flowering in the summer. I found only some
yellowed stems which I picked and cut finely. This I sent to the man's wife. She
gave him 2 cups a day, 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the evening. 14 days
later, the doctor rang me up to say that this man was feeling much better.
"Well, your herbs help!", he said laughingly.
From that time on I have been able
to help hundreds and hundreds of people.
As an old man once had said to me:
"Take note of this plant! You might be able to help many people."
A chemist in
Munich showed me an old pharmacopoeia where it was still mentioned around 1880.
Drugs have pushed it aside. Through my publications, talks and herb-walks the
Willow-herb has become known again. My suggestions find an echo in many people,
thence when my husband and I go on our walks, be it in the mountains, on hills
or near brooks, we meet with pleasure people picking out carefully the middle
shoot of the Willow-herb. Everyone who knows this herb values and preserves it
through careful picking.
It grows back 2 or 3 times after being picked. From
many letters I learned that in many gardens the Willow-herb grows between
strawberries, vegetables and flowers and for many years it was looked upon as a
troublesome weed and pulled out. How it could have helped many a suffering
Not so long ago I was able to help a priest who, suffering from cancer
of the prostate gland and given up by the doctors, is now doing his normal work.
From a letter I quote: "My sister-in-law suffered from a tear in the intestine
and the bladder caused by X-ray treatment. It was so painful that the doctor had
to give her morphine. According as per the illustration in your book 'Health
through God's Pharmacy', we looked for the Small Flowered Willow-herb, found it
and gave the tea to my sister-in-law. After having drunk the tea for one week
the pain subsided."
Many who suffer from a disorder of the prostate gland are
able to find relief without an operation through the Willow-herb. If an
operation has been performed, the Willow-herb tea relieves the burning and other
complaints which often occur afterwards. But in any case a doctor should be
A man who had recovered from a prostate disorder wrote: "The Small
Flowered Willow-herb has relieved my prostate disorder. I was in hospital with a
heart infarct but I also suffered from prostate disorder and because of my heart
trouble I could not be operated on. I heard of the wonderful Willow-herb which
has helped in so many similar cases. I started to drink 3 cups daily; after
several days I had no more complaints. I still drink 2 cups per day for a
complete recovery. I thank God from the bottom of my heart. May you, Mrs. Treben,
help many more people with the Small Flowered Willow-herb. It is unbelievable
that medicinal plants give such results."
Infusion: 1 heaped teaspoon per 1/4 litre of boiling water,
infused for a short time. Only 2 cups a day are taken, 1 cup in the morning on
an empty stomach, 1 cup in the evening, half an hour before a meal.
For more information on Maria Treben, her
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