Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) medicinal herb also called Thoroughwort is a plant that is native to
Eastern North America and Canada. This is another God-given medicinal plant and It was used by native Americans to
treat different fevers, including dengue fever and malaria. It is from
the Asteraceae family and it is an excellent herbal medicine, a belief that is shared by many herbalists. The main parts used for medicine are the flowers and the dried leaves.
The common names are Agueweed, Eupatorium, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Thoroughwort, Teasel, Indian sage, Sweating plant, Feverwort, Vegetable antimony, Crosswort as well as Snakeroots. The medicinal properties are diaphoretic, stimulant, antispasmodic, tonic, alterative, febrifuge and laxative. It is viewed as as a mild tonic in moderate dosages. However, in larger dosages it is emetic and purgative. The constituents are terpenoids, resin, volatile oil and flavonoids.
This awesome herb which has medicinal healing effects, is a good fever remedy even though it is not well known as other medicinal herbs. It is deemed by many as the best remedy for the relief of the symptoms associated with influenza and swine flu. It acts very fast to ease aches and pains that are also linked with any fever. It is also used to treat colds, pneumonia and catarrh.
Although boneset was used to treat broken bones, its recognition however came from the fact that it was used to treat dengue fever which was once called breakbone fever. This name originated because of the excruciating pain that comes along with this type of fever.
name also suggests, it is used to treat other bone conditions such as
arthritis and rheumatism. So the name bone set is ideal for this plant as it is used in many conditions of the bones.
As a mild tonic it is useful in upset stomach and common frailty, and especially repairable in the indigestion of the aged. It is also used to lower high blood pressure also referred to as hypertension.
The infusion of one ounce of the dried herb to one pint of boiling water may be taken in wine glassful as a dosage, hot or cold. However, for colds and to bring out sweating, it is given hot and as a tonic, and it is given cold.
As a remedy in catarrh, to a greater extent particularly in influenza, it has been extensively used and with the best effects, given in dosages of a wine glassful, warm every half hour, with the patient staying in bed at all time. After four or five dosages, profuse sweating is caused and relief is obtained.
Precaution must be considered when using it, because it contains toxic compounds that can cause liver damage. Side effects include muscular shudders, weakness, and constipation and in addition overdoses could be deadly. Therefore, extreme caution must exercised when using boneset medicinal herb.