Soapwort As Alternative Medicine
Soapwort is an alternative medicine that has been used by mankind for more than 3000 years to the time of the Assyrians. Both its root and leaves are used for medicinal purposes. They are usually boiled in hot water and then strained.
- It is excellent treatment for skin disorders such as acne, eczema, boils and psoriasis.
- It is a remedy for gout, joint pain and rheumatic pain.
- It is effective for respiratory complaints such as bronchitis, coughs, flu and cold.
- It is an excellent expectorant.
- It is also a laxative and diuretic.
Soapwort is safe for external use. However, it must not be taken orally unless under the guidance and instructions by a trained practitioner. When taken in large doses it can be toxic and purgative. Some side effects are tremor, tongue paralysis and dry mouth. Expectant or nursing women must avoid this herb.
Soapwort as a medicinal plant has a long history. Soapwort is not an alternative medicine used much by modern herbalists because of its purgative properties.