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BUTTERCUP

(Ranunculus Bulbosus)


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  • Buttercup Description
  • Buttercup Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Buttercup Dosage Information
  • Buttercup Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Buttercup Supplements & Products




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    BUTTERCUP HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) is also known as St. Anthony's Turnip, Bulbous Buttercup, Crowfoot, Frogsfoot and Goldcup.

    The vibrant yellow flower of Buttercup is a beauty to behold; however, it is a strong, and sometimes toxic plant which can also be used for medicinal purposes. The bulbous Buttercup causes inflammation and blistering of the skin, and has antispasmodic properties. For hundreds of years, beggars of Europe have used this flower to keep open sores inflamed for the purpose of exciting sympathy. A Buttercup extract was also used to remove warts.

    Buttercup is a perennial that has attractive yellow flowers and deeply divided, three-lobed long-petrioled basal leaves. Bulbous buttercup is known to form tufts. The stems are 20 to 60 cm tall, ererct, branching, and slightly hairy flowering. There are alternate and sessile leaves on the stem. The flower forms at the apex of the stems, and is shiny annd yellow with 5 to 7 petals. The flowers are 1.5 to 3 cm wide. The plant blooms from April to July. Bulbous buttercup gets its name from its distinctive perennating organ, a bulb-like swollen underground stem or corm, which is situated just below the soil surface. After the plant dies in heat of summer, the corm survives underground through the winter. Although the presence of a corm distinguishes Ranunculus bulbosus from some other species of buttercup such as Ranunculus acris, the species also has distinctive reflexed sepals.

    buttercup root


    Bulbous buttercup grows in lawns, pastures and fields in general, preferring nutrient-poor, well-drained soils. Although it does not generally grow in proper crops or improved grassland, it is often found in hay fields and in coastal grassland. The native range of Ranunculus bulbosus is Western Europe between about 60°N and the Northern Mediterranean coast. It grows in both the eastern and western parts of North America as an introduced weed.

    CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS

    This plant, like other buttercups, contains the toxic glycoside ranunculin. It is avoided by livestock when fresh, but when the plant dries the toxin is lost, so hay containing the plant is safe for animal consumption.





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    BUTTERCUP USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Today Buttercup is used to clear up skin problems, treat arthritis, rhinitis, which is nasal irritation or inflammation, and rheumatism.

    There are some who believe this flower relieves sciatic pain. The root of Buttercup is said to raise blisters more effectively than Spanish Fly and works well when applied to joints, especially when treating gout. Applying juice in the nostrils causes sneezing and can cure certain types of headaches. A tincture made from the leaves will heal shingles quickly, dry up small pimples, and relieve the pain of sciatica.





    BUTTERCUP DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Buttercup comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    Due to its toxicity, caution should be used when taking this herb. For best results, read and follow product label directions.





    BUTTERCUP SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    Buttercup should be used with caution due to its toxic nature.

    It is suggested that you use Buttercup only under the supervision of your health care provider. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.





    BUTTERCUP HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

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    BUTTERCUP HERBAL PRODUCTS

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    TakeHerb: Catclaw Buttercup Root Formula (Mao Zhua Cao), E-Fong, 100 Grams


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