American Greek Valerian, Blue Bells, False Jacob's Ladder, Polémoine Rampante, Polémonie Rampante, Polemonium reptans, Sweatroot, Valeriana Griega.
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.
How does it work?
There isn’t enough information to know how abscess root might work as a medicine.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Causing sweating.
- Use as an astringent.
- Other conditions.
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The appropriate dose of abscess root depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for abscess root. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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