Sunday, March 2, 2008

Agrimony As Alternative Medicine

Agrimony As Alternative Medicine

Today agrimony is not used much as an alternative medicine. This herb has a long history for medicinal uses by many cultures and civilizations. The ancient Greeks used it to treat eye problems. The Anglo Saxons used this herb for wounds, snakebites and eye complaints. In traditional Chinese medicine it is a remedy to staunch bleeding.

  1. It is a treatment for bladder infections, bladder leakage and bladder inflammation.
  2. It is used by the Chinese to expel tape worms from the human body.
  3. It is a remedy for digestive disorders such as diarrhea, mucous colitis, indigestion, stomach ulcers, and stomach ache.
  4. It is effective against liver disorders and jaundice.
  5. It is a treatment for hemorrhoids.
  6. It is used to treat profuse menstruation and other internal bleeding.
  7. It is powerful as a relaxant to ease tension and nervousness.
  8. It is used to treat high blood sugar level.
  9. It lowers the uric acid levels in gout and rheumatism sufferers.
  10. It is a topical treatment for skin disorders such as sunburn, insect bites and scrapes.

Agrimony is available as dried leaves, tinctures and extract. An infusion is made by steeping 1 teaspoonful of dried leaves into 250 ml of boiling water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. The tea can be drunk up to three times a day. Agrimony tea can also be used as vaginal douche, skin wash or mouth wash. Standard dosage is 2000 to 6000 mg a day.

Agrimony is generally safe with few side effects. However, do apply sunscreen if you are taking this herb as it may increase sunlight sensitivity in some people. Pregnant and nursing women must avoid using it. For those with liver or kidney problems they must not take this herb. It is also not recommended for those taking aspirin or drugs for high blood pressure. This herb can also affect the absorption of some supplements such as copper, zinc and iron. Agrimony is an alternative medicine that we do not use much nowadays but it still has its place in history.

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