(Herbs Knowledge) Bitter Milkwort

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Bitter Milkwort Scientific Names and Common Names,Bitter Milkwort Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Bitter Milkwort Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Bitter Milkwort


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Polygala amara L. Polygalaceae Milkwort family

Common Names

Dwarf milkwort
European bitter polygala
European senega snakeroot
Evergreen snakeroot
Flowering wintergreen
Fringed polygala
Little pollom
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Parts Usually Used

The entire plant
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Bitter milkwort is a European perennial plant; the usually simple stem, only 4-6 inches high, rises from a rosette of obovate basal leaves and itself bears alternate, oblong-ovate leaves. Terminal racemes of blue, sometimes rose-colored or white, flowers appear from April to June.

Other varieties: P. vulgaris; P. senega; P. sibirica (Siberian milkwort); P. reinii (Chinese milkwort).
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Where Found

Grows in the dry parts of wet meadows and in sunny, rocky places, preferring limestone soils.
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Medicinal Properties

Bitter tonic, diaphoretic, expectorant, galactagogue
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Commonly used for coughs, chronic bronchitis, and other chronic lung problems, arouse a sluggish appetite. Extended use of the rootstock is useful in relieving chronic diarrhea. Nursing mothers may increase milk flow using bitter milkwort.
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Formulas or Dosages

The best plants grow in dry areas.

Infusion: use 1 tsp. of the plant with 1 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup a day.

Decoction: use 4 tbsp. leaves with 3/4 cup water. Boil for an extended time. Take 1 tbsp. every 3 hours.

Powder: take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. at a time.
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, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973.

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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