Eutrochium purpureum (also called kidney-root, sweetscented joe-pie weed, sweet Joe-Pye weed, gravel root, or trumpet weed is a herbaceous perennial plant in the sunflower family. It is native to eastern and central North America, from Ontario east to New Hampshire and south as far as Florida, Louisiana, and Oklahoma
Eupatorium purpureum root was used by the native N. American Indians as a diaphoretic to induce perspiration and break a fever. It works particularly on the genito-urinary system and the uterus.
The whole plant, but especially the root, is astringent, diuretic, nervine and tonic. It works particularly on the genito-urinary system and the uterus. Especially valuable as a diuretic and stimulant, as well as an astringent tonic, a tea made from the roots and leaves has been used to eliminate stones from the urinary tract, to treat urinary incontinence in children, cystitis, urethritis, impotence etc. It is also said to be helpful in treating rheumatism and gout by increasing the removal of waste from the kidneys. The leaves and flowering stems are harvested in the summer before the buds open and are dried for later use. The roots are harvested in the autumn and dried for later use.
Please consult your doctor for more information on side effects.
- None are recorded.
- kidney-root, sweetscented joe-pie weed, sweet Joe-Pye weed, gravel root, or trumpet weed
Source: NaturalMedicinalHerbs, http://naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/e/eupatorium-purpureum=gravel-root.php