(Herbs Knowledge) Dog’s Mercury

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

(Herbs Knowledge) Dog’s Mercury


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

Scientific Names

Mercurialis perennis L.

Common Names

Dog’s cole
Perennial mercury
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Parts Usually Used

The entire plant
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Dog’s mercury is a perennial plant; the round, furrowed, glabrous, branched stem bears opposite, dark green, ovate, serrate, hairy leaves. The flowers are light green and axillary, the male in spikes, the female solitary or in 2’s and 3’s. Flowering time is April and May.

Another variety: Mercury herb (M. annua) is an annual species of mercury with a square stem and light green leaves. It is used like dog’s mercury and is similarly poisonous.
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Where Found

Grows in waste places in the eastern United States; naturalized from Europe, where it grows especially in shady mountain woods.
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Medicinal Properties

Emetic, purgative
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The fresh plant is sometimes used as a laxative. A homeopathic tincture is used for rheumatism and stomach problems.
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The fresh plant is poisonous, and the poison is believed to be cumulative in effect. Thorough drying or boiling seems to destroy the poisonous activity.

Do not use without medical supervision.
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, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

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