Gravel Root


Also known as Eupatorium purpureum, Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Jopi Weed, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset, Queen-of-the-Meadow Root, and Trumpet Weed. 

Introduction  Gravel root is a native of the North American continent, growing from southern Canada through Florida, mostly in wet, wooded areas.  It was used largely to treat urinary problems, especially kidney stones or gravel. It is also used in traditional medicine to reduce fever, increase urination, induce sweating to break a fever, and as a general tonic during pregnancy and after childbirth. 

Constituents  Volatile oils 

Parts Used  Root 

Typical Preparations  As tea, in capsules and as an extract. 

Summary  The Iroquois called a decoction of gravel root "little medicine water" because of its healing properties. The herb is a diuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and febrifuge. It may be used to ease urination in cases where kidney stones are present, and can help relieve edema associated with gout and rheumatism. The tea may help break a fever by encouraging sweating, and is often used to treat diseases of the urogenital tract. Other Native American uses have included relieving constipation, washing wounds with a strong tea made from the root to prevent infection and as a general tonic taken during pregnancy and after childbirth. PLEASE NOTE! The internal use while pregnant was historically practiced by native peoples, but its current use while pregnant is not recommended. 

Precautions  Not recommended while pregnant.


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