Eupatorium Perfoliatum is also known as Boneset. It is a common perennial herb that is native to parts of United States and Canada. It also spreads to parts of Texas, Louisiana, Florida as well as Nova Scotia.
The other names of the Eupatorium Perfoliatum are feverwort, vegetable antimony, the Indian sage, the sweating plant and agueweed. This was introduced to the American colonists by Indians who had been using this for breaking fever with the help of heavy perspiration. It is found near low wet patches and near Reed Canary grass.
The plant can be easily recognized because of its long, narrow tapering leaves that oppose one another around the only single stout stem. The plant is known to grow to a height of 3 to 4 feet and flower in late summer.
This herb was used as a charm. The root fibers used to be applied to hunting whistles because of the belief that it would increase the whistle’s ability to call deer. Indians also used the plant as an anti pyretic. It was also used to relieve rheumatism, dengue, dropsy and influenza.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE EUPATORIUM PERFOLIATUM
The medicinal herb grows up to the height of 1 meter and has leaves that clasp with its stems. They form a dense cluster right above the foliage.
The leaves grow simultaneously around the stem area to give an impression of wrapping of the leaves as bandages around the splint that is meant to relieve broken bones. The herb has other medicinal uses like its use in relieving dengue fever.
THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF THE HERB
The Eupatorium Perfoliatum has been used for centuries in the traditional medicinal system of Native America. It extracts have been used to relieve problems of cold and fever. The effects of the herb have been studied and have indicated possible anti inflammatory effects.
CARE FOR AILMENTS
The use of this herb has been for relieving health problems like:
- Bladder issues
- Pneumonia: High sweat inducing properties of the herb make it an effective management for pneumonia.
- Fever: an infusion made from this herb is advised during fever.
- Constipation: helps in dispelling gas and softening the stool as well as expelling it from the system
- Dyspepsia: a tonic made from Eupatorium Perfoliatum is to be taken to relieve the problem of dyspepsia.
- Loss of appetite: Advised to be used by people suffering from problems like anorexia
The Eupatorium Perfoliatum contains volatile oil, resin, insulin, wax and glucoside. It also contains sterols, triterpenes, Flavonoids, kaempferol and eupatorin.
SAFETY AND PRECAUTIONARY TIPS FOR USING THIS HERB
There have been various studies on the Eupatorium Perfoliatum plant. It has been understood that it can cause problems like severe diarrhea, indigestion, hepatic impairment, dermatitis, fatty degeneration of the liver as well as the kidney to cause gastrointestinal hemorrhage, weakness and nausea.
It is advised to use this herb after consulting a certified herbalist.
PLANET AYURVEDA PRODUCTS THAT USE THIS HERB
Currently there are no Planet Ayurveda Products that use this herb as an ingredient in them; however the below mentioned Planet Ayurveda products are useful in some conditions for which Eupatorium Perfoliatum is used:
The HCA or hydroxycitric acid present in the plant is a natural appetite suppressant. This herb has been used in the Indian kitchen for years. It breaks down the fat also prevent the problems of high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels.
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