Benefits of Boneset

According to the Encyclopedia of Gardening, the name “eupatorium” commemorates Mithridates Eupator, King of Pontus, who is credited with discovering that one of this species could be used as an antidote for poison.

It is also claimed that this plant caused a rapid union of broken bones, and because of this, it was given the name of boneset. However, it is more likely it was named for its wonderful efficacy in curing what was, at one time, called ”Break- bone fever,” which is today called influenza. The Indians called it “Joe-Pie,” after an Indian of that name who became famous in curing fevers with this plant. It is also a favorite remedy for the PREVENTION of fever.

Indigenous to the U.S., boneset grows in almost all parts of it.

All parts of the plant are active medicinally, and the entire HERB is official. It is considered a very reliable medicinal agent. It has a faint odor and a strongly bitter, somewhat peculiar taste. The bitterness, and probably the medicinal virtues of the plant, reside in an extractive matter which is readily taken up by water and alcohol.

This herb, best when it first blooms, is slow in its action but almost certain to relieve the liver. In large doses it is gently cathartic and gently tonic to the bowels throughout. It is invaluable in colds, fevers, and asthma.

It is said that the Indians successfully employed boneset in the cure of intermittents. It will certainly arrest intermittents when given freely in a warm decoction immediately before the 17 expected recurrence of the paroxysms; but it is operated, in this instance, by its emetic rather than its tonic power.

It is claimed that the persistent use of this herb has PREVENTED many a case of typhoid and remitting fevers, and if not entirely prevented, it has made them much lighter than they would otherwise have been.

Use warm infusion in biliousness, bilious remitting fevers, yellow, and typhoid fever; the effect upon the liver and the bowels will be well marked. Taken in strong doses so as to produce vomiting or copious perspiration in the commencement of catarrh, it will frequently arrest that complaint.

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For enteric (typhoid) fever, combine the following: boneset, twin leaf, prickly ash, false unicorn 1 oz. each. Simmer in 3 pints water 20 min. Strain and take 2 to 4 T. every hour or two as needed.

If a torpid liver causes the tongue to be foul, take a hot infusion of the above.

For chronic ague, boneset cannot be excelled.

In the epidemic of 1891, the following was used on 700 cases of la grippe, influenza, or epidemic catarrh (or whatever the popular name was at that time): boneset and false boneset 1/2 oz. each, vervain, culvers root and agrimony 1 oz. each. He used the elixirs and gave 1 T. every 2 or 3 hours, as required. These herbs can be made into an infusion of 1 oz. to 1 pint boiling water. Take 2 to 4 T. every 2 or 3 hours. This is considered a very reliable formula.

Boneset has much value in many liver complaints and in bilious conditions, as it promotes secretion of bile by the liver and also stimulates the excretion of bile by the gall cysts.

If the bowels are too free as the result of torpor of the liver, use boneset. Also in acute and chronic jaundice. When the liver and the bowels both need help in constipation, use boneset and butternut in equal parts. This can be used either in powder form filled into capsules or made into an infusion. Not only will the liver be toned, but the butternut will influence the lower bowels, and good alvine action will result.

The following is a pleasant and extremely reliable compound for constipation, which can be continued as long as necessary: FX boneset and FX butternut 1 oz. each, and syrup ginger 4 oz. Take in t. doses, 3 or 4 times daily.

It is valuable in the treatment of rheumatism and inflammatory rheumatism, especially of the gouty and bilious classes.

In dyspeptic troubles, especially with constipation and general debility, a cold decoction will strengthen and tone the viscera.

For cerebro-spinal meningitis, the following is recommended: All elixirs—boneset 3 oz., vervain 1/2 oz., lady’s slipper, black cohosh and culvers root, 1 oz. each and prickly ash 1/2 oz. Take 1 dessert-spoonful every 2 hrs. Also take a hot sponge bath, and if the bowels are constipated, use an enema.

Boneset is almost a specific in night sweats, especially in phthisis. Make a strong decoction of the herb in water, boil down to a solid extract, and make into pills. Take 1 pill every 1 to 3 hrs. This is also good in indigestion.

For its tonic effect, boneset is best taken in substance or cold infusion. Dose of the infusion is a fluid oz. frequently repeated. When a diaphoretic operation is required, the infusion should be taken warm and the patient remain covered in bed. As an emetic and cathartic, a strong decoction is prepared by boiling an oz. with 3 half pints of water down to 1 pt. May be taken in doses of 1 or 2 C. or more.

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