Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cranesbill As Alternative Medicine

Cranesbill As Alternative Medicine

Cranesbill is a Northern American herb widely used as an alternative medicine by the natives such as the Blackfoot tribe for centuries. It was used to treat hemorrhoids, inflammation and to stop bleeding.

  1. It is an effective remedy for Bright’s disease and diabetes.
  2. It is a treatment for excessive vaginal discharge and heavy menstruation.
  3. It is used to treat digestive disorders such as dysentery, diarrhea, stomach ulcer and gastrointestinal bleeding.
  4. It is a remedy for jaundice and malaria.

Cranesbill is available as tea, capsule and tincture. It is non toxic and can be used to treat diarrhea in children. Pregnant and nursing women must avoid the use of this herb.

It is not recommended to be used more than 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Long term use of the herb can cause liver damage. An infusion can be made by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of the root in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. A standard dose in tincture form is 2 to 4 ml 3 times a day. High dosages may result in stomach pains and cramping.

The root and seeds are often taken orally to treat diarrhea. Many herbalists also use the root to treat tuberculosis. Cranesbill is another alternative medicine that cannot be used over a long period continuously.

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