(Natural Herbs) Birthwort

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

(Natural Herbs) Birthwort


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

Scientific Names

Aristolochia clematitis L. Aristolochiaceae Birthwort family

Common Names

Aristolochia root
Upright birthwort
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Parts Usually Used

Rootstock, flowers
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Birthwort is a perennial plant; the erect, yellow-green, somewhat sinuous stem grows 1-3 feet tall from a long, thin rootstock. The dark green leaves are kidney-shaped and short-petioled. The flowers occur in axillary clusters and feature a yellowish-green, curved, tubular calyx. Flowering time is May to June.

Other varieties: Virginia snakeroot (A. serpentaria), Dutchman's-pipe (A. tomentosa).
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Where Found

Found growing in fence rows, tickets, field edges, and vineyards.
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Medicinal Properties

Diaphoretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, oxytocic, stimulant
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The ancient Egyptians used birthwort for snakebite. Used for uterine contractions in childbirth, indigestion, dysmenorrhea, menstrual problems. The decoction used externally for wounds, sores, and leg ulcers.
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Formulas or Dosages

Use the entire plant when it is in flower, otherwise use only the rootstock.

Decoction: use 2 tbsp. fresh plant or rootstock with 1 cup water. Boil for 10 minutes, then strain. Dosage as directed by a doctor.

Cold extract: Use 1 tsp. plant or rootstock with 1 cup cold water. Let stand for 6 to 8 hours. Dosage is directed by a doctor.
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Birthwort contains a substance that acts similar to poisonous alkaloid colchicine. Use with care, preferably with medical supervision.Do not take during pregnancy, only during labor at childbirth.Use only under medical supervision.
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, 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.

, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973.

, 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

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

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