herbals cranesbill

RECND274

Cranesbill

Scientific:Geranium maculatum
Other:Geranium, Cranesbill

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• over-relaxed or inflamed mucous membranes with bleeding:
- infectious diarrhea (dysentery)
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- apthous ulcers
- gastric ulcers
- prolapsed rectum (enema or suppository)
- rectal bleeding
- proctitis (topical application)
- hemorrhoids (topical application)
- peptic ulcer

Reproductive
• excessive menstrual bleeding and/or discharge:
- menorrhagia
- metrorrhagia
- leukorrhea (vaginal discharge)

Actions

astringent
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antiinflammatory
gastroprotective

Constituents

• Tannins

Posology

• Tincture: (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 2-4 ml tid
• Liquid extract: (1:1 in 70% EtOH): 0.5-1 ml tid
• Decoction: (dried rhizome): 1-2 tsp of root tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

References

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Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

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Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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