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Herb Information
Name: Five-finger grass
Biological Name: Potentilla canadensis, Potentilla reptans
Other Names: Five-finger grass, cinquefoil, finger leaf, five fingers, cinquefoil, European five finger grass
Parts Used: Root, leaves
Remedies For

Astringent

Five-finger grass makes a good gargle and mouthwash and a good remedy for diarrhea. The powdered root or bark of the root can be used, as well as the leaves. The root bark has also been recommended for stopping nosebleed and other internal bleeding.

Description:

Five-finger grass is a perennial plant found mostly in dry soils in the US and Canada. Its procumbent stem bears petioled leaves palmately divided into five sharp-toothed, obovate to oblanceolate leaflets. Solitary yellow flowers grow on long peduncles from the axils of the leaves from April to August

Dosage:

Infusion: Steep 2 or 3 tsp. leaves in 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day.

Decoction: Boil 1 oz. root bark in 1-1/2 cups of water until 1 cup of liquid remains. Take 1/4 cup, two or three times a day.

Powdered Root: Take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. at a time

Tincture: A dose is from 20 to 40 drops

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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