Bogbean As Alternative Medicine
Bogbean is an alternative medicine best known for treating rheumatism, osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also called by the names of marsh trefoil, buckbean and water shamrock.
- It is a treatment for anorexia.
- It is a remedy for digestive disorders such as dysentery, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
- It is used to treat gout and rheumatism.
- It is effective in treating skin diseases such as ulcers, rashes and boils.
Bogbean is available as teas, capsules, powder, extract, tablet and whole leaf. It is safe when the standard dosage is taken. An infusion is made by steeping 2 teaspoonfuls of leaves in 250 ml of boiling water for 15 minutes. Bogbean is often combined with other herbs such as white willow, black cohosh, celery seed to treat joint pains. For dyspepsia treatment it is used together with sage or wormwood.
Pregnant or nursing women are advised to refrain from taking bogbean. This herb must not be used by those suffering from colitis, diarrhea or dyspepsia. It is also not recommended for people who are on blood thinning medicines such as aspirin or warfarin. Excessive consumption of this herb could lead to diarrhea and upset stomach.
Today herbalists still use bogbean as an effective alternative medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism and loss of appetite.