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|CAUTION: Some varieties can cause contact dermatitis.|
Natives Americans applied a poultice of the leaves to feet and dropsical legs and to the breast to dispel milk.|
A poultice of the leaves was also used for wounds and sores.
A leaf tea was used for rheumatism and to wash babies with fever.
The Ojibwe and Chippewa steeped the root and drank the decoction for indigestion.
The Mohawk made an infusion of Sweet Flag root (Acorus calamus) and the entire Arrowhead plant to give to infants suffering from night fever.
Considered discutient and antilactogue. May induce premature birth.|
The Bruised leaf was used for bugbite, foul sores, scrofulous ulcers, snakebite.
The powdered leaves were used for itch.
The leaves mashed with molasses were used for breast inflammation and sore throat.
The tuber was used for deficient lochia (discharge occurring after childbirth for several weeks), retention of placenta, and for gravel.
Was used with salt for rabies.
A decoction was used for eye disease and gonorrhea.