Agrimonia eupatoria

Agrimony

Agrimonia eupatoria

Part Used : Aerial parts.

Constituents : The whole complex of primary plant constituents and a characteristic array of secondary plant constituents are present. Pharmacologically important constituents include: tannins, coumarins, flavones including luteolin, apigenin and quercitin, glycosidal bitters

Actions : Astringent, tonic, bitter, diuretic, vulnerary, anti-spasmodic, carminative, hepatic, cholagogue.

Indications : Its astringency and bitter tonic properties makes Agrimony especially indicated when an astringent action on the digestive system is needed. Recognition of this is reflected in its traditional use as a spring tonic. It may be used as a symptomatic treatment for diarrhea and especially in the treatment of the functional conditions known variously as irritable bowel syndrome or colitis. It can be useful in urinary incontinence and cystitis. As a gargle it eases the discomfort of sore throats and laryngitis. As an ointment it aids the healing of wounds and bruises.

Preparations & Dosage : Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take l-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.

David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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