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The Medical Flora of Kansas: Helenium - Lycopus.

Helenium autumnale. Sneezewort. Herb and flower. This plant is tonic, expectorant and errhine.

Heuchera hispida (Heuchera richardsonii). Alum-root. This is the species of Kansas, and all species have decided astringent properties, and may be used indiscriminately one for the other. The properties are astringent, styptic and antiseptic. Its astringency is said to equal that of geranium. It has been used in sore throat, dysentery and leucorrhea.

Hieracium Gronovii. Hawkweed. Several of the species are used in scrofula and chronic catarrh. Its reputation was gained by its power to antidote the poison of snakes.

Hypericum perforatum. St. John's wort. Fresh herb. It is reported valuable in diseases of the urinary organs, in nervous depression or prostration, and as a local application.

Ipomea pandurataConvolvulus pandurata the old name. Wild potato. Root. Diuretic and pectoral. It is useful in dropsy, calculous affections and irritation of the urinary organs.

Impatiens pallida. Touch-me-not. Herb and juice. Esteemed by old authors as a remedy in jaundice, dropsy and as an alterative. It is directed to the skin, and used both locally and internally for the removal of warts, ringworm and salt rheum.

Juglans nigra. Black walnut. Bark and hull of nut. Useful for ringworm and other skin-diseases; applied locally.

Juniperus Virginiana. Red cedar. Properties similar to the savin.

Leptandra Virginica (Veronicastrum virginicum). Black root, Culver's physic. Root. Well known.

Liatris scariosa. Backache root, gay feather. Root. This I have used in cases where women have complained of pain in the back, weak back, uterine engorgement, with favorable results. It seems to act directly upon the sexual organs of the female. (No longer found in Kansas—MM)

Liatris spicata. Colic-root, button snake-root. Root. Diaphoretic and diuretic. (No longer found in Kansas—MM)

Liatris squarrosa. Blazing star. Root. Properties similar to L. spicata.

Lobelia inflata. Indian tobacco. Herb and seed. This grows in Linn county. Its properties are well known.

L. cardinalis and L. siphilitica. Cardinal flower and blue cardinal. Have similar properties.

Lycopus Virginicus. Bugleweed. Plant. Sedative.

L. Europeus. Properties similar to the preceding. (No longer found in Kansas—MM)

Leonurus cardiaca. Motherwort. Plant. It is nervine, antispasmodic and uterine tonic.

Linaria vulgaris. Toad-flax, butter-and-eggs. Fresh plant. It may be used in skin-diseases, jaundice, hypertrophy of the liver and spleen, in scrofula and as an ointment for hemorrhoids.

Lithospermum hirtum(Lithospermum caroliniense), and arvense (Buglossoides arvensis). Gromwell. Seed and root. These are the Kansas species, [?] and may be substituted for the L. officinale in chronic cystitis, as also in calculous affections.


Transactions of the National Eclectic Medical Association, Vol. X, 1882-83, edited by Alexander Wilder.



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