Osha - Ligusticum Porteri

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This Osha (Ligusticum porteri) 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 an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Osha - Ligusticum porteri in the Umbelliferae or Parsley family

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Aromatic.

Tendencies: Drying, warming.

Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons of cut and crushed root infused for 25 minutes; or 1:1.8 fresh strength root liquid extract: 20-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated for a dull mind that is forgetful, sinuses full, head feels clogged with mucus and easily catches a cold or often has influenza symptoms.

Use: (a) Antiviral, (b) Carminative, (c) Diaphoretic, (d) Diuretic, (e) Immune stimulating properties.

Osha is used in respiratory infections, chronic viral diseases, and toothaches to slightly anesthetize the area. It is indicated for any respiratory disease, especially when it is debilitating with much mucus and congestion in the tissues and digestive irritation. As with all herbs high in volatile oils, this plant acts on both respiratory and urinary tracts.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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