Used for love divination and to raise one’s spirits by increasing sense of hope and faith.
Also Called: Bog Rhubarb, Butterdock, Umbrella Plant, Lagwort, Sweet Coltsfoot
The root is emmenagogue, hypnotic, sedative and vulnerary.
The ground or finely chopped rhizome has a healing effect when applied to slow-healing or weak ulcers, or to suppurating wounds.
An infusion of the leaves is a specific remedy for coughs.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the roots. It is used in the treatment of wounds, ulcers etc.
Butterbur is widely considered to be an effective cough remedy and recent experiments have shown it to have remarkable antispasmodic and pain-relieving properties.
It acts specifically on the bile ducts, stomach and duodenum.
The root and the leaves are analgesic, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, diaphoretic and diuretic.
A decoction is taken as a remedy for various respiratory problems such as asthma, colds, bronchitis and whooping cough and also other complaints such as fevers and urinary complaints.
It is also very effective in the treatment of gastrointestinal complaints and biliary dyskinesia.
Externally it can be used as a poultice to speed the healing of wounds and skin eruptions.
Because the plant contains potentially toxic alkaloids its internal use cannot be recommended.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the roots. It is used in the treatment of severe and obstinate neuralgia.