Leaf and roots are high in mucilage making them an excellent demulcent for soothing irritated mucous membranes.
• general inflammation of GI tract
- gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
- gastric ulcers
- apthous ulcers
• irregular bowels
• inflammation and infection
- urinary tract infections (UTI)
- interstitial cystitis
• dry irritating cough
• suppurative infections (poultice)
- abscesses (poultice)
- boils (poultice)
• varicose veins
• bed sores
Hypoglycemic - due to soluble fiber
• Tincture (1:5 in 25% EtOH): 1-4 ml tid
• Cold infusion (dried root): 1-3 tsp/cup
Note: if you obtain the whole root, you will need to let the infusion sit overnight to extract the mucilage. Powdered root only requires 5-10 mins with shaking to extract the mucilage.
Generally considered safe when used as indicated.
Medications- Take medications away from soluble fiber because it can decrease their absorption and impair their effectiveness.
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