Energetics: Warming. Moistening.
Taste: Pungent. Sweet.
Tissue States: Depression. Atrophy.
Parts Used: Seeds
Systems affected: Respiratory. Digestive.
Key Components: Flavonoids. Mucilage (30%). Proteins. Alkaloids. Steroidal Saponins (diosgenin). Bitter Principle. Vitamins. Minerals. Volatile & fixed oils.
Preparations & dosage: Decoction. Powdered in capsules. Tincture.
Foundational: Astringent. Demulcent. Stimulant.
Primary: Emollient. Expectorant. Galactagogue.
Uses: Cleanse, nourish & soothe the gastrointestinal & respiratory mucosa. ulcers & other stomach & intestinal inflamed conditions. Diabetes. Gout. Considered to be an aphrodisiac & Rejuvenator. Also promotes lactation, hair growth & semen production. Removes heat caused by fermentation & putrefaction but is contraindicated in ACTIVE heat. Indicated when there is sluggish lymphatics in lazy people with bad dietary habits that are high in fat, who have high cholesterol & elevating blood pressure. Dorothy Hall via Matthew Wood, tells of a case of Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) with weight gain. The woman was small and plump. It was completely solved in 2 weeks and she lost weight. The dosage was 5 drops. Another herbalist phyllis Light has used it effectively in Menopausal formulas.
The Way of Herbs: Michael Tierra; Pg 77.
The Earthwise Herbal: Volume 1: Matthew Wood; Pg 491-493.
The Complete Herbs Sourcebook: David Hoffman; Pg 255