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(Convolvulus Sepium / Calystegia Sepium )
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BEARBIND HERBAL DESCRIPTION
A PERENNIAL CLIMBING WEED
Bearbind is also known as Convolvulus sepium / Calystegia sepium, Bindweed, Hedge Bindweed, Larger Bindweed, Greater Bindweed, Wild Morning Glory, Hedge Convolvulus, Rutland Beauty, Bugle Vine, Heavenly Trumpets, False Bindweed, Bellbind, Hooded Bindweed, Bride's Gown, Wedlock (referring to the white gown-like flowers and the binding nature of the vine), white witches hat, belle of the ball, and Old Man's Nightcap.
Bearbind is a perennial weed plant with a climbing, coiling stem and alternating leaves found growing around hedges, fences, edges of woods, waste ground, found in thickets, along shores, marshes, meadows, ditches and in generally disturbed sites with little or no shade in the temperate regions of North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Asia. It can survive in most soils, but prefers rich, lowland areas and does not do well in dense shade.
The pale matte green leaves are arranged spirally, simple, pointed at the tip and arrowhead shaped, 5 to 10-cm long and 3 to 7-cm broad. The trumpet-shaped flowers are white or pale pink with white stripes and is a relative to the common morning glory. The flowers are produced from late spring the end of summer. In the bud, they are covered by large bracts which remain and continue to cover sepals. The open flowers are 3 to 7-cm diameter. After flowering the fruit develops as an almost spherical capsule 1-cm diameter containing 2 to 4 large, black seeds that are shaped like quartered oranges. The seeds disperse and thrive in fields, borders roadsides, and open woods. It grows in thickets or gardens wherever it can twine itself, in a counter-clockwise direction, to a height of 2 to 4 meters, rarely 5 meters strangling nearby plants, and its root system depletes the soil.
BEARBIND USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Today the underground stems, roots and leaves of Bearbind are used in the preparation of laxatives, but are also used in remedies for gallbladder problems.
The root is a demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, poultice and purgative. Use of the root is believed to increase the flow of bile. This herb is also used to treat ascites due to cirrhosis. The fresh sap works to relieve fevers relating to tonsillitis, sinusitis, otitis, and other infections.
Bearbind has been used for hundreds of years for its laxative effects. The large, fleshy, edible roots are eaten and considered highly purgative. In folk medicine it is used as a remedy for jaundice. This plant also has cathartic, emollient, and regenerating properties. The stalks and root, washed and steam-cooked has a pleasant sweet taste. Young shoots may be cooked. Rich in starch and sugars, it is very nutritious. Although very nutritious, it should not be eaten in large quantities or regularly, however, due to its possible purgative effect.
The stems are very flexible and can be used as an emergency string for tying. It is fairly strong but not very long-lasting.
Propagation of Bearbind: Seed - sow spring in a cold frame in a free draining compost and only just cover. The seed usually germinates in 1 to 3 months at 15°C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring whilst dormant.
BEARBIND DOSAGE INFORMATION
Bearbind comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.
For mixing a decoction, use either 3 leaves, 2 flowers, or 2 grams of the stem and 1 gram of the root to 1 cup of water. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.
BEARBIND SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTION INFORMATION
Bearbind is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses.
If you are taking any other medications (prescription or otherwise), it is best to consult with your health care provider before using Bearbind for the treatment of your condition. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: It might be unsafe to take Bearbind if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It can act as a strong laxative, and this might be harmful.
Do not use this herb if you have stomach pain or intestinal conditions such as obstruction, appendicitis, colitis, Crohn's disease, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is a strong laxative and might make your condition worse.
Moderate Interaction. Be cautious with these combinations:
- Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with Bearbind: Greater bindweed is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).
- Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with Bearbind: Bearbind can work as a laxative. In some people this bindweed can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin do not to take excessive amounts of this bindweed.
- Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with Bearbind: Bearbind is a laxative. Some laxatives can decrease potassium in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking greater bindweed along with diuretics (water pills) might decrease potassium in the body too much. Some diuretics that can decrease potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.
Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
BEARBIND HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS
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BEARBIND HERBAL PRODUCTS
This is considered a wild flower and garden weed and grows freely. Unable to find any available related products regarding this herb including garden seeds. Must be wild-harvested for medicinal use.
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