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. Prince's Feather, Red Cock's Comb, etc.
MEDICINAL PART. The leaves.
Description. -- This is an annual herb, with a stout upright stem, from three to four feet high. The leaves are oblong, lanceolate, mucronate, green, with a red purplish spot, clustered flowers, five stamens.
History. -- This plant is a native of the Middle States, where it is cultivated in gardens as an ornamental plant, but contains more medicinal virtues in its wild state. It flowers in August. The leaves impart their virtues to water.
Properties and Uses. -- Amaranth is astringent. The decoction drank freely is a valuable domestic remedy for menorrhagia, diarrhoea, dysentery, and hemorrhage from the bowels. It is useful as a local application to ulcers of the mouth and throat, as an injection for leucorrhoea, and as a wash to foul, indolent ulcers.