July 25, 2016

Abscess Root

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What other names is Abscess Root known by?

American Greek Valerian, Blue Bells, False Jacob's Ladder, Polémoine Rampante, Polémonie Rampante, Polemonium reptans, Sweatroot, Valeriana Griega.

What is Abscess Root?

Abscess root is an herb. The root is ground and used as a medicinal tea.

Abscess root is used to reduce fever and swelling (inflammation) and to cause sweating. It is also used as a drying agent (an astringent) and to loosen chest congestion so it can be coughed up (as an expectorant).

Abscess root is also called "false Jacob's ladder," because it has astringent activity similar to Jacob's ladder. These two plants are used in similar ways, but differ chemically. Be careful not to mix them up.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Fever.
  • Inflammation.
  • Cough.
  • Causing sweating.
  • Use as an astringent.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of abscess root for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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