(Herbs Knowledge) Masterwort

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

(Herbs Knowledge) Masterwort


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Heracleum lanatum L. Heracleum maximum L. Umbel family

Common Names

Cow cabbage
Cow parsnip
Woolly parsnip
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Parts Usually Used

Seed, rootstock
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Masterwort is a large perennial plant; the large fleshy rootstock produces a stout, grooved, woolly stem, often 2 inches thick at the base and 3 to 8 feet high. The thin, hairy leaves are ternately compound and have broad, irregularly toothed leaflets. Large, compound umbels of dull white or purplish flowers appear during June and July. Seeds are flat and blackish, bigger than Dill seeds.
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Where Found

Grows on wet ground in Canada and the northern half of the United States.
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Medicinal Properties

Antispasmodic, carminative, stimulant
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Biochemical Information

Roots contain phototoxic compounds, including psoralen
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Masterwort is under investigation for treatment of psoriasis, leukemia, and AIDS.

This plant resembles Angelica and care should be taken in identification of the plant before use. The root of masterwort is hotter than pepper.
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A decoction of masterwort rootstock or seed used for colds, fever, asthma, dyspepsia, colic, dropsy, gout, epilepsy, palsy, apoplexy, expel gas from the bowels, increases the flow of urine, gravel in kidneys, scanty menstruation with painful cramps, and spasmodic problems. Externally, as a wash for wounds, sores, bruises, and ulcers.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: take 1 to 2 tsp. in a cup of water per day.

Powdered root: 1 tsp. per day.
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Fresh foliage can produce dermatitis in susceptible individuals. Cattle are reported to have been killed from eating the foliage. Acrid sap can cause blisters on contact.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

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

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, 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

, by Edith Van Allen Murphey, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1958, print 1990

, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

, 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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