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Herb Christopher, Bugbane, Toadroot
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A MEMBER OF THE BUTTERCUP FAMILY
Baneberry (Actaea spicata) is also known as Herb Christopher, Bugbane and Toadroot. Baneberry is a rare British plant belonging to the Buttercup family, but unlike other members of the species, it has berry-like fruit. The berries contain cardiogenic toxins which can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle tissue and are the most poisonous part of the plant. Ingestion of the berries can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The berries are harmless to birds, the plant's primary seed dispersers.
There are two varieties of Baneberry. One is the American version which is white and sometimes called Dollís eyes (Actaea pachypoda, or Actaea alba), and the other is the British variety which is red (Actaea rubra). Both varieties of Baneberry, especially the root, are pain-relieving, anti-rheumatic, astringent, antispasmodic, parasitic, and strongly purgative. Native Americans made tea from the root for the treatment of irregular periods, postpartum pains, and as a purgative after childbirth. They also used it to treat coughs and colds. Pillager Ojibwe and Pottawatomi women used root tea after childbirth to clear the system, and it was given to men for stomach problems. Early settlers sometimes used Baneberry root as a substitute for Digitalis (Foxglove).
BANEBERRY USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Baneberry root tea is sometimes used as an appetite stimulant, but is also used to treat stomach pains, coughs, colds, menstrual irregularities, and postpartum pains. It works well in increasing milk flow in nursing women and is used as a purgative after childbirth. White Baneberry has been used as a remedy for snake-bite, especially rattlesnake bite.
Actaea spicata is a rheumatic homepathic remedy, especially of the small joints; tearing, tingling pains characterize it. Wrist-rheumatism. Pulsations over whole body, especially liver and renal region. Cardiovascular spasm. Pains worse from touch and motion.
BANEBERRY DOSAGE INFORMATION
Both varieties of Baneberry are toxic and should be used with caution. Typical herbal preparations, such as teas, tinctures or capsules should not be used with this plant because of toxic properties unless specifically prepared by and under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Homeopathic preparations are a safer choice because the original mother tincture has undergone several dilutions to achieve a specific dosage. If symptoms are indicated, homeopathic preparations should also be used under the guidance of a homeopathic practitioner.
It is best to consult with your physician regarding the use of this herb in the treatment of your condition.
BANEBERRY SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION
Baneberry is an extremely poisonous plant. Despite this it was used in the past in herbal medicines. It is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.
Baneberry contains the poison protoanemonin, and is a violent purgative, irritant, and emetic. Taking as few as two berries can cause severe cramps, headaches, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and/or dizziness. Severe protoanemonin poisoning can lead to paralysis of the respiratory system and cardiac arrest. It is important to use Baneberry only under the supervision of your health care provider. Do not self medicate with this herbal remedy to prevent being poisoned.
Homeopathic preparations of Actaea spicata are available for safe use to treat ailments.
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