Chelone glabra

Part Used : Dried aerial parts

Constituents : Very little work has been carried out on this plant. Resins and bitters only have been reported.

Actions : Cholagogue, hepatic, anti-emetic, stimulant, laxative.

Indications : Balmony is an excellent agent for liver problems. It acts as a tonic on the whole digestive and absorptive system. It has a stimulating effect on the secretion of digestive juices, and in this most natural way its laxative properties are produced. Balmony is used in gall stones, inflammation of the gall-bladder and in jaundice. It stimulates the appetite, eases colic, dyspepsia and biliousness and is helpful in debility. Externally it has been used on inflamed breasts, painful ulcers and piles. It is considered a specific in gall stones that lead to congestive jaundice.

Priest & Priest tell us that it is a “mild relaxing hepatic influencing the mucous membranes, stimulating appetite and toning the stomach. It is suitable for children and the elderly. Indicated for gastro-intestinal disturbances after prolonged illness” They give the following specific indications : Atonic conditions, malaise and debility, dyspepsia, mal-absorption, roundworms and threadworms, colitis from hepatic dysfunction, chronic jaundice.

Felter considered it a “useful remedy for gastro-intestinaldebility with hepatic torpor or jaundice. Dyspeptic conditions attending convalescence from prostrating fevers are of tenaided by it, and should be studied particularly for vague and shifting pain in the region of the ascending colon.”

King’s Dispensatory describes it as being tonic, cathartic, and anthelmintic. Especially valuable in jaundice and hepatic diseases, likewise for the removal of worms, for which it maybe used in powder or decoction, internally and also ln injection. Used as a tonic in small doses, in dyspepsia, debility of the digestive organs, particularly when associated with hepatic inactivity, and during convalescence from febrile and inflammatory diseases. It is valuable after malarial fevers as a tonic and to unlock the secretions when checked by quinine. Recommended in form of ointment as an application to painful and inflamed tumors, irritable and painful ulcers, inflammed breasts, piles, etc. King’s gives the following specific indications:Gastro-intestinal debility, with hepatic torpor or jaundice; worms.

Combinations : For the relief on constipation, Balmony may be combined with Butternut. For jaundice it will best be used with Milk Thistle and other toning hepatics such as Golden Seal.

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

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Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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