(Natural Herbs) Loosestrife

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

(Natural Herbs) Loosestrife


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

Scientific Names

Lythrum salicaria L. Lythraceae Primrose family

Common Names

Chen-chu-ts’ai (Chinese name)
Long purples
Milk willow-herb
Purple loose-strife
Purple willow-herb
Rainbow weed
Spiked loosestrife
Spiked willow-herb
Willow sage
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Parts Usually Used

The whole plant, fresh or dried in the shade
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Loosestrife is a bushy, erect, perennial plant with a clump of unbranched, four-angled, tall leafy stems; the square, hairy stem grows 2-4 feet high and bears heart-shaped, lanceolate, downy leaves. The lance-shaped leaves grow in opposite pairs or in whorls of three, their bases clasping the stems. Whorls of purple six-petaled flowers grow in the axils off the upper leaves in dense terminal spikes from June to August.

Another variety: Whorled loosestrife (Lysimachia quadrifolia).
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Where Found

Settled in swamps, marshes, along lakes and rivers, wet meadows, roadside ditches, and moist places in the eastern United States after being introduced from Europe. From Newfoundland to Minnesota and south to Virginia and Missouri.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, styptic, demulcent, alterative
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Biochemical Information

A glycoside, polyphenolic tannins, pectin and essential oil
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Loosestrife is effective against diarrhea, including simple diarrhea and that associated with serious illnesses such as dysentery and typhoid fever. The infusion or fluid extract is used for gastroenteritis and is particularly useful for diarrhea in infants. It helps to stop internal bleeding, and it works without producing constipation. Reduces inflammation, relieves hoarseness, and feverish colds. A cold compress of the herb stops bleeding from wounds and cuts; helps bruises and sores to heal. Sometimes used as a gargle for sore throats, or a douche for leukorrhea.

Externally, it is used as an eyewash for ophthalmia, sore eyes, and various skin diseases.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: steep 1 oz. fresh herb in 1 cup water.

Decoction: boil 1 oz. herb in 1 pint of water until 1 cup liquid remains. Take 4 tbsp., 3 times a day.

Fluid extract: usual dose for infants is 10-15 drops; for adults, 1 tsp.

For gargle: with infusion or with 10 drops diluted in a glass of warm water.
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, 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

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

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

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

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

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

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

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

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