(Herbs Wiki) Colic Root

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

(Herbs Wiki) Colic Root


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

Scientific Names

Aletris farinosa L. Lily family

Common Names

Ague grass
Bitter grass
Blazing star
Crow corn
Mealy starwort
Star root
Star grass
True unicorn root
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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock (rhizome)
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Colic root is a native North American perennial plant; its thick, fibrous rootstock produces a rosette of yellow-green, long, pointed, lanceolate, spreading basal leaves. The numerous white tubular-oblong, somewhat bell-shaped flowers grow in a terminal spike-like raceme on an erect, flower-stalk that reaches 1 1/2 to 3 feet in height. Flowering time is from May to August. The fruit is an ovoid capsule containing many oblong, ribbed seeds.
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Where Found

Grows in grassy or sandy woodlands, barren places, in acid or peaty soils in the eastern half of North America, from southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Medicinal Properties

Bitter tonic, narcotic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory
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Biochemical Information

Contains diosgenin, which has both anti-inflammatory and estrogenic properties, vitamin E.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Containing vitamin E as a preventative to miscarriage, it is dependable and free from affects during the entire period of gestation (pregnancy). Be sure to use only dried rootstock.
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A decoction or tincture has been used for flatulent colic and for other digestive problems. Recommended for menstrual problems such as dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. Stimulates appetite, jaundice, rheumatism, and a general tonic. Contains diosgenin, which has both anti-inflammatory and estrogenic properties.
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Formulas or Dosages

The dried rootstock is used.

Decoction: boil 1 tsp. dried rootstock in 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time.

Tincture: a dose is from 15-40 drops. For menstrual problems, take in hot water.
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Nutrient Content

Vitamin E
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Use dried rootstock only. The fresh root, which is toxic, causes unpleasant internal effects, including dizziness, intestinal pains, vomiting and purging. The toxic effect is lost in drying.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

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

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

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

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

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

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