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Herb Information
Name: American Cranesbill
Biological Name: Geranium maculatum

Geraniaceae

Other Names: American Cranesbill, Alumroot, Storksbill, Wild Geranium
Parts Used: The rhizome
Active Compounds:  

Tannins including gallic acid, with the level being highest just before flowering.

Remedies For

Astringent, anti--haemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary.

American Cranesbill is an effective astringent used in diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhoids. When bleeding accompanies duodenal or gastric ulceration, this remedy is used in combination with other relevant herbs. Where blood is lost in the feces, this herb will help, though careful diagnosis is vital. It may be used where excessive blood loss during menstruation (menorrhagia) or a uterine hemorrhage (metrorrhagia) occur. As a douche it can be used in leucorrhoea.

Combinations : In peptic ulcers it may be used with Meadowsweet, Comfrey, Marshmallow or Agrimony. In leucorrhoea it can be combined with Beth Root.

Dosage:

Decoction: Put 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the rhizome in a cup of cold water and bring to boiling. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.

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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