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Sassafras, Sassafras officinalis
Parts used: Root bark.
Constituents: Volatile oil 1-2%, tannin, resin, sitosterol, sterols, mucilage.
Actions: Diaphoretic, Stimulant, Anti-spasmodic, Detoxicant.
Diuretic, Analgesic, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-inflammatory.
Indications:
Promotes sweating, fever, remittent fevers.
To circulation; fatigue, chills, cold hands and feet, amenorrhoea, cold and flu onset.
Spasmodic dysmenorrhoea.
Eczema, dermatosis.
Oedema, swollen ankles, nephritis, urinary stones.
Joint, muscle pain, postpartum pain.
Chronic rheumatism, arthritis, gout.
Venereal infections, chronic ulcers, sprains, strains, sores, head lice.
Herbal extract: 5-10mL per week.
Energetics: Hot, pungent, sweet, dry.
Meridians: lung, spleen, kidney.
Contraindications: None Caution with constipation though.