Biological Name: Apocynum androsaemifolium
Other Names: dogbane, Bitterroot, western wallflower, catchfly, wandering milkweed, flytrap, wallflower, honeybloom, spreading dogbane, milk ipecac, mountain hemp, milkweed
Elements Applied: The rhizome is commonly applied in herbal medicine.
The plant is capable of treating constipations, stimulating the digestive tract, inducing vomit and expectoration, as well as boosting perspiration.
Dogbane is effectively applied for dropsy, gallbladder stones, fevers, constipation, and dyspepsia. Its excessive quantity is capable of inducing vomit and relieving constipation. It is commonly applied in combination with milder herbal remedies, in order to soothe the effect.
Warning! The leaves may be poisonous.
Additional Info: Dogbane belongs to perennials and is indigenous to Pacific and Atlantic areas, grows in sandy and dry soils, and in the forests. Its thick rhizome produces a smooth stem with solid bark which may reach 1-4 feet high. The leaves grow oppositely and are characterized by green color and ovate form. The flowers are commonly white-pink colored, and appear in late spring, blossoming through summer. The fruit is presented by two pods. Each plant’s part is filled with milky juice.
Preparation and Intake: The plant should be used only after a consultation with you health-care provide. Be careful!
For an infusion, take 1 teaspoon of dried rhizome for a pint of boiling water. Cool it down and use cold, in a quantity of 2-3 teaspoon six times per day.
In form of tincture the plant is used in a quantity of 5-10 drops (diluted by water) prior to food intake.
Safety: Warning! The leaves may be poisonous. Not suggested for use. Consult your health-care provider before using the herb.