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. Squaw-weed, Ragwort, False Valerian, Golden Senecio, and Female Regulator.
MEDICINAL PARTS. The root and herb.
Description. -- Life-root has an erect, smoothish stem, one or two feet high. Radical leaves are simple and rounded, mostly cordate and long petioled, lower cauline leaves lyrate, upper ones few, dentate and sessile. Flowers golden yellow.
History. -- The plant is perennial and indigenous, growing on low marshy grounds, and on the banks of creeks. The northern and western parts of Europe are where it is mostly found, and the flowers culminate in May and June. The root and herb are the parts employed for medical purposes. There are several varieties of this plant, but as all possess the same medicinal properties, it is unnecessary to specify them. The whole herb is used of all the varieties.
Properties and Uses. -- It is diuretic, pectoral, diaphoretic and tonic, and exerts a very powerful and peculiar influence upon the reproductive organs of females. This has given it the name of Female Regulator. Combined with the Lily, and other native and foreign plants, it is one of the most certain cures in the world for aggravated cases of leucorrhoea; also in cases of menstrual suppression. It will operate excellently in gravel, and other urinary affections.
Dose. -- Ordinary decoction, four ounces.