(Medicinal Herbs) Ragged Cup

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

(Medicinal Herbs)  Ragged Cup


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

Scientific Names

Silphium perfoliatum L.Silphium laciniatum L.CompositaeComposite family

Common Names

Compass plant
Cup plant
Indian cup
Indian cup plant
Indian gum
Prairie cup
Rosin weed
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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock, gum, leaves, resin
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Ragged cup is a perennial plant; the horizontal, pitted rootstock sends up a square, glabrous stem from 4-8 feet high. The large, opposite, ovate leaves, 8-14 inches long by 4-7 inches wide, are coarsely toothed, the lower ones narrowing to margined petioles, the upper clasping the stem with the bases of each pair of leaves united. The yellowish flowers grow in sunflower-like heads on long, forked, axillary peduncles. Flowering time is from July to September. The plant contains a resinous sap. The root yields a bitterish gum, somewhat similar to frankincense.
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Where Found

Grows in rich soils from Ontario to Georgia and Louisiana, and westward to South Dakota and Nebraska. Common in the western states of North America.
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Medicinal Properties

Antispasmodic, diaphoretic, stimulant, tonic
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The gum, or resinous sap, has been used for antispasmodic and stimulant properties. The root can be considered as a general remedy for fevers, ulcers, liver and spleen problems, and physical debility. The root gum is used to sweeten the breath. Leaf tea is an emetic, once used for coughs, lung ailments, asthma. Root tea used for coughs, asthma, gonorrhea.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: steep 1 tsp. root in 1 cup hot water. Take 1 cup a day.

Powder: a dose of powdered root is 20 grains.

Tincture: a dose is from 5 to 20 drops.
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Of unknown toxicity.
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, 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

, 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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