Culver's Root - Veronicastrum virginica

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This Culver's root (Veronicastrum virginica) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with additional herbs, as well as updated and expanded information in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Culver's root - Veronicastrum (Leptandra) virginica in the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Bitter, slightly acrid.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 1-20 drops 1-3 times per day.

Use: (a) Cholagogue, (b) Mild laxative, (c) Cathartic, (d) Antiseptic, (e) Relaxing hepatic.

Culver's root is used for liver congestion and sluggishness, non-obstructive jaundice, hepatitis, cholecystitis and rectal prolapse or hemorrhoids.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the teratogenic effect and abortifacient activity if used fresh. It is also contraindicated in acute gallstone attacks or bile duct obstruction. The fresh root is violently cathartic.

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