Description. Tormentil, Potentilla erecta (L.) Rauschel (syn. P. tormentilla Stokes) [Fam. Rosaceae], also known as English Sarsaparilla and Septfoil, is a herb common in central and northern Europe. Tormentil root is one of the safest herbs and has no known toxicity or side effects. The astringent and tonic properties of the rhizomes are used in many prepared herbal teas and substances for diarrhea and digestive problems. Because of tormentil rhizome's high tannin content, it has also been used for acute and sub-acute gastroenteritis, enterocolitis and dysentery. Tormentil rhizome extracts also have demonstrated anti-allergic, anti-oxidant, anti-hypertensive, antiviral, immuno-stimulant and interferon-inducing actions. It may be given in substance, decoction or extract. Uses. This herb is used for diarrhea and digestive problems. Tannins reduce water within the bowel and 'dry-up' loose stools. As rinse or gargle, tormentil rhizome preparations also help with inflammation of the mouth and throat. The German Standard License recommends it for non-bacterial inflammation of the gums and mucous membranes of the mouth (gingivitis, stomatitis), pressure spots caused by prostheses. The fluid extract acts as a styptic to cuts and woundsa, eczema, acne and itching. A strongly-made decoction is recommended as a good wash for piles and inflamed eyes.
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