What is Agrimony ?
The Greeks supposedly used agrimony to treat eye problems. The Anglo-Saxons, who called the herb garelive, apparently used it for wounds. One early herbal remedy for Internal bleeding involved swallowing a mixture of agrimony, human blood, and pulverized frog parts. Today, some herbalists recommend agrimony as a throat-soothing gargle for speakers and singers.
Sometimes used as a dye, agrimony comes from the leaves, stems, and flowers of the dried herb Agrimonia oupstoria, which grows in the western United States, Europe, and Asia. Pale yellow in September, this plant turns deep yellow later in the year. Some people use agrlmony as a tea or poultice as well as a gargle.
Common doses of Agrimony
Agrimony is available as tablets or teas. Experts know little about appropriate doses for any medicinal use. One source suggests adding 2 to 4 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of water to make a tea to be taken once a day. Other sources suggest making a compress of agrimony to apply topically to sores.
Why people use Agrimony herb
- As a gargle
- As a sedative
- Back pain
- Eye problems
- Fluid retention
- To thicken the blood
- Wound healing
Side effects of Agrimony
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of agrimony:
- allergic reaction
- skin sensitivity to sunlight
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you’re taking.
Important points to remember
- Don’t use agrimony if you’re allergic to rose plants.
- Avoid this herb if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Watch for skin reaction if you apply agrimony to your skin.
- Avoid strong sunlight because agrimony increases the risk of sunburn.
What the research shows
Experts have little information about agrimony’s safety and effectiveness. Thus, they don’t recommend the herb for medicinal purposes
Other names for Agrimony : –
Other names for agrimony include church steeples, cocklebur, liverwort, philanthropos, sticklewort, and stickwort.
A product containing agrimony is sold as Potter’s Piletabs in England.