Actions: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, tonic, astringent, mild laxative, uterine stimulant.
Therapeutic uses: traditional Cherokee remedy for wounds and ulcers. Used for digestive disorders such as heartburn, dyspepsia and indigestion, catarrh, ear, mouth, sinus and throat infections, PMS and menstrual discomfort, urinary infections and candidiasis (eg, thrush).
Typical preparation: decoction (as a gargle for sore throats), capsules, liquid tincture.
Contraindications: not to be taken if pregnant, breastfeeding or suffering from high blood pressure.