Hemp Agrimony

 


EUPATORIUM CANNABINUM

COMMON NAME : Hemp agrimony

FAMILY  :        Asteraceae  (Daisy family)


HABIT / GROWING   :     A tall striking plant which likes damp shady places


PARTS USED  :        herb.


TRADITIONAL & MODERN USE:

Once used by Dutch peasants for jaundice with swollen feet, as a spring tonic in the fens and leaves laid on bread to prevent mould growth.


Its purgative & diuretic action helps flush out inflammatory blood impurities in arthritis and rheumatism but it is most used to moderate fevers in acute viral infections like influenza. Possible native alternative to Echinacea for infections.


CONSTITUENTS:

·        sesquiterpene lactone eupatoriopicrin is considered the active constituent with its cytostatic and cytotoxic

         activity (i.e. anti-tumour but little or no research in that area)

·        immuno-stimulating polysaccharides encourage phagocytosis.