(Natural Herbs) Joe-Pye Weed

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

(Natural Herbs) Joe-Pye Weed


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

Scientific Names

Eupatorium purpureum L. Compositae Composite family

Common Names

Gravel root
Kidney root
Lan-ts’ao (Chinese name)
Queen of the meadow
Trumpet weed
Purple boneset
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Parts Usually Used

Root, floral decoctions are diuretic and tonic
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Gravel root is distinguishable by the purple band about 1 inch broad around the leaf point. The perennial plant reaches 5-6 feet, with pail purple to white tubular flowers, in a somewhat rounded cluster, blooms in August and September. The leaves, from 3-5 at the joint, are broad, rough and jagged. The root is the official part, with a fragrance resembling that of old hay, and slightly bitter, aromatic taste which is faintly astringent but not unpleasant.
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Where Found

Found in low places, dry woods or meadows in northern, western and middle regions of North America and in Canada.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, stimulant, tonic, astringent, relaxant
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Biochemical Information

Euparin, which is yellow, neutral and crystalline; eupurpurin is an oleoresin that is precipitated from an alcoholic tincture of the herb.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

The name “Queen of the meadow” is shared with a European species (Spiraea ulmaria).

Spotted Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum L.) is used similarly but the Native Americans used the root to induce sweating in typhus fever. Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum L.) is not the same as Joe-Pye weed, although they share the name boneset in some locations.

The Joe-Pye weed was named after a Native American doctor named Joe Pye who used it medicinally. The medicine man taught early settlers how to use it.
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A good remedy for gravel in the gallbladder, dissolves stones, chronic urinary and kidney disorders, bed wetting, poor appetite, dropsy, neuralgia, rheumatism. Very soothing and will relax the nerves. Increases the flow of urine. Combined with uva ursi, marshmallow, blue cohosh, and lily root, good for female troubles, bladder and kidney infections, diabetes, and Bright’s disease.

Also used for headache, hysteria, impotence, indigestion, intermittent fever, sciatica, sore throat, urine retention, vomiting, asthma, chronic coughs, colds, typhus fever
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion or decoction: take 1 cup every 2 hours for excess uric acid.

Tincture: take 5-15 drops in a cup of water.

Cough syrup: made of the blossoms and leaves, steeped and boiled down, molasses added; then boiled to a syrup.
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, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

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