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Pipissewa Herb

  • Astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic. Pipsissewa is particularly noted for producing diuretic action without irritant side-effects.
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Pipissewa Herb (c/s, Wildharvest)

Also Known As - Chimaphila umbellate, Bitter Wintergreen, Ground Ivy, Prince’s Pine, Rheumatism Weed, Striped Prince’s Pine, Dragon’s Tongue, and Spotted Wintergreen.

Origin - USA

Overview - A small, perennial evergreen native to much of southern Canada and the northern United States, pipsissewa was used by native peoples to treat urinary tract infections, as well as to reduce sweating and treat fever. Its scientific name literally means “winter loving,” but its leaves are collected in late summer for medicinal use. The leaves have very little scent until they are rubbed to release a pleasant but mildly “puckery” odor. It is currently used as a flavoring in root beer production, and in candy.

Medicinal Uses – Pippisseua Herb is a diuretic, astringent, tonic, alterative. The fresh leaves, when bruised and applied to the skin, act as vesicants and rubefacients, of great use in cardiac and kidney diseases, chronic rheumatism and scrofula. The decoction is advantageous for chronic gonorrhoea, strangury, catarrh of the bladder, and a good cure for ascites. It is said to diminish lithic acid in the urine; for dropsy it is useful combined with other medicines; it is a substitute for uva-ursi and less obnoxious; said to be of value in diabetes, but this has not yet been confirmed; and it is very efficacious for skin diseases.

Parts Used - Dried leaf usually, although all parts of the plant including stems are medicinally active.

Preparations - Teas (made in boiling water), and tinctures usually and very rarely found as a capsule. Cosmetically it can be found in lotions or creams from a fresh extract.

Precautions - None known. Some people seem to react to the oil produced by crushing the leaves and may break out as a result.

Disclaimer - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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