Beth root is a common plant growing in the Central and Western States.
It is also known as ”birth root,” a name given to it by the American Indians, who use it as an aid to parturition.
It influences the mucous membrane generally, especially that of the generative system. It is prompt and persistent but not drying. It will lessen excessive discharges, hence it is useful in excessive menstruation, leucorrhea, weak vagina, prolapsus uteri, and to prevent miscarriage. It is equally useful in hemorrhages, whether from the lungs, stomach, bowels, kidneys, bladder, uterine organs, or respiratory organs. A simple infusion will be of service in these conditions.
A good compound for prolapsus uteri and leucorrhea is equal parts of Beth root and cranes-bill, prepared either as an infusion or decoction. Take wine-glassful doses 4 to 5 times daily.
In languid cases, it will promote parturition, if taken previous to parturition. It will also anticipate hemorrhage.
Acute and chronic diarrhea and dysentery will be especially helped if the root is boiled in milk.
Beth root can be freely used to advantage in pulmonary consumption, coughs, and in bronchial troubles. In coughs, 10 to 20 gr. of the powdered root may be taken in a little water 3 times daily.
A good antiseptic poultice may be made using 2 oz. each powdered Beth root and powdered red elm, with 1/4 oz. of powdered lobelia seed.
Boiling the LEAVES in lard will produce a good ointment useful for insect bites, etc. The infusion is made with 1 t. powdered root to 1 C. boiling water. Drink freely, hot or cold.