This herb is a very wholesome bitters, and may be taken to advantage in different ways. It is of a hot nature, and is good for the stomach to create an appetite and assist the digestion. If the stomach is in a very bad condition, it is liable to cause vomiting and will then thoroughly clean out the stomach of bile.

The dose used should be very small. Its intense bitterness prevents its universal use. It is very good in torpid conditions of the mucous membranes but should not be used in cases where the membranes of the stomach and bowels are irritated. Dose of the tincture - best taken in hot water - is from 15 to 30 drops.