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|Avens||Avens, Other||Avens, Water|
|Should not be used more than 2 days at a time.|
"...where the root is in the house, Satan can do nothing and flies from it, wherefore it is blessed before all other herbs,|
and if a man carries the root about him, no venemous beast can harm him."
(Maude Grieve, quoting from Ortus Sanitatis written ca 1491).
|NOTE: Worldwide, the various types of geums have been regarded as astringent, cardiotonic, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stomachic, styptic and tonic and have been used in folk remedies for ague, cachexia, cancer, catarrh, chills, constipation, debility, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, esophagosis, fever, halitosis, hematochezia, hemorrhage, hepatosis, hypochondria, hysteria, leucorrhea, malaria, onontitis, ophthalmia, sore throat, swellings, tumors, ulcers and worms.|
|STUDIES||Anti-fertility activity reported in this Himalayan species. A 50% ethanolic extract has an LD50 of 375 mg/kg ip in mice. Hentriacontal, hentriacontanone, beta-sitosterol, ellagic acid, tetra-o-methyl ellagic acid and isoquercetrin were identified.|
|CAUTION: Excessive amounts can cause unpleasant side effects.|
|NOTE: Water avens has similar properties to Avens (G. urbanum), but is considered to be weaker.|