(Herbs Knowledge) Quack Grass

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

(Herbs Knowledge) Quack Grass

Contents:

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

Scientific Names

Agropyron repens L. Triticum repens Gramineae Grass family

Common Names

Agropyrum
Couch grass
Dog grass
Durfa grass
Mai-hu
Quick grass
Twitch
Twitch grass
Triticum grass
Witch grass
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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock, rhizome
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Grass; to 3 feet. Spreads on creeping yellow rhizomes. Leaves soft, flat, somewhat drooping; crowded with fine ribs. Flower spike not square as in most Agropyron species. 2-9 pale yellow, smooth, flowered spikelets; bract below spikelets not stiff, with slender keel and ribs. The spikes resemble wheat or rye when in bloom.
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Where Found

Found in fields, gardens. Troublesome weed throughout United States. Native Eurasian.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, aperient, demulcent, emollient
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Biochemical Information

A mucilaginous substance, triticine which is a fructosan, an antibiotic substance that is derived from agropyrene, vanilloside (glucovanilline) and mineral salts, sugar and silicic acid
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Uses

Native Americans used the tea as a diuretic for kidney gravel, nephritis and urinary incontinence, acne, cystitis, gout, enlarged prostate, jaundice, rheumatism, tuberculosis, fever, lumbago, dietary food for diabetics, dropsy, gall stones, syphilis, blood purifier, stomach stimulant, worm repellent, a wash for swollen limbs. In famines, roots have served to make breadstuffs; scorched as coffee substitute. Roots sometimes chewed like licorice.

Considered an antidote to arrow poisons in Africa.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: take 1 oz. couch grass to 1 pint of boiling water. Steep 20 minutes and give in wineglassful doses every 2 hours.

Decoction: boil 1 oz. of the herb in 1 pint of water until reduced to 3/4 pint, give 10-20 drops in water two or more times a day.

Juice: take 1 tbsp. 3 times per day.

Liquid extract: 1/2 to 1 tsp. is given in a glass of hot water, 2 or 3 times per day.

Tincture: take 10 to 20 drops in water 2 or more times a day. To help pass calculi, use a maximum off 40 to 60 drops in hot water.
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Warning

Don’t grow couch grass in your back yard, it is so prolific it will over grow everything.
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Bibliography

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

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

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

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

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, published from 1954, print 1988

, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, 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

, by Pamela Forey and Ruth Lindsay, Crescent Books (January 27, 1992).

, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

, by Mannfried Pahlow, Barron's Educational Series, Inc. 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788, 1992

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