Benefits of Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa is also called rheumatic weed and false wintergreen.

It is a native of the U.S. and is found in all the states. It is claimed the name is derived from 2 Greek words—”winter” and “friend.” It is official in the U.S.

All parts of the PLANT are endowed with active properties; but the leaves are usually preferred. When fresh and bruised, they exhale a peculiar, rather fragrant odor. When dried they have no odor.

The taste of the leaves is pleasantly bitter, astringent, and sweetish; that of the stems and roots also has a considerable degree of pungency. Boiling water or alcohol extracts their virtues.

It was employed by the Indians in various complaints. From their hands, it passed into those of the European settlers.

It is highly recommended as a remedy in dropsy and is very useful in assisting in cleansing the system, relieving the skin, kidneys, and liver. It is a highly esteemed remedy in scrofula and scurvy both before and after the occurrence of ulceration and in obstinate ill-conditioned ulcers and cutaneous eruptions, especially when connected with a strumous diathesis (tendency to scrofulous tumor). In these cases, Pipsissewa may be freely used both internally or as a wash. The decoction is preferred. It is made by boiling 2 oz. fresh bruised leaves with 3 pts. water down to 1 qt. and taken 1 pt. in 24 hrs. It is especially valuable in scrofulous debility.

Pipsissewa tones the kidneys in dropsy and will increase the flow of urine. Also useful in cystic catarrh, bladder weakness, calculous and nephritic affections, urinary obstructions, and in general complaints of the urinary passages.

It is particularly useful in cases attended with disordered digestion and general debility in which its tonic property and general acceptability to the stomach prove highly useful auxiliaries to its diuretic powers.

Its influence spreads through the glandular system, the lymphatics, and the secreting organs.

This herb has been very beneficially used in tumors and phthisis, clearing the blood current from impurities and waste matter. Take in large quantities, if needed.

It has been effectively used in rheumatism and gonorrhea, especially if the trouble be largely from impurities in the blood, cleansing the blood current, and soothing the mucous membrane.

It is valuable not only in its alterative influence, but for its diuretic action in cleansing the mucous membrane of accumulated solids or mucus.

It is useful in syphilis, vaginal and uterine weakness, leucorrhea, spermatorrhea, typhoid and other fevers, coughs and colds.

In leucorrhea and gonorrhea, uterine tonics such as false unicorn or squaw vine (mitchella) may be added. May be taken in infusion or decoction, 1 oz. to 1 pt.

For coughs and colds, add syrup of black cohosh.

Pipsissewa can be taken by infusion or decoction, 1 oz. to 1 pt.

boiling water in doses of 1 wine-glassful or as required. The Fl. X is more astringent than the infusion.

Pipsissewa may be used in place of uva ursi.

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