This section of the book is from "The Complete Herbalist" by Dr. O. Phelps Brown. Also available from Amazon: The Complete Herbalist: The People Their Own Physicians By The Use Of Nature's Remedies.
COMMON NAMES. -- Gill-go-by-the-ground, Ground Ivy, Cat's-Foot, Turnhoof, etc.
MEDICINAL PART. The leaves.
Description. -- This plant is a perennial gray, hairy herb, with a procumbent creeping stem, varying in length from a few inches to one or two feet. The leaves have petioles, cordate, and hairy on both sides. The flowers are bluish purple. The corolla is about three times as long as the calyx.
History. -- This plant is common to the United States and Europe, where it is found in shady places, waste grounds, dry ditches, etc. It flowers in May or August. The leaves impart their virtues to boiling water by infusion. They have an unpleasant odor, and a harsh, bitterish, slightly aromatic taste.
Properties and Uses. -- It is stimulant, tonic, and pectoral, and is useful in diseases of the lungs and kidneys, asthma, jaundice, hypochondria, and monomania. An infusion of the leaves is very beneficial in lead-colic, and painters who make use of it are seldom, if ever, troubled with that affection. The fresh juice snuffed up the nose often cures the most inveterate headache.
Dose. -- Powder, half a drachm to a drachm; infusion, one or two fluid ounces.