Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Notable Herbs in Human Welfare, Chapter XV, Part – 13



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Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens)

Its common names are checkerberry, hive vine, deerberry, oneberry partridgeberry, twinberry, winter clover and squawberry.

Squaw vine contains resin, wax, mucilage, dextrin and possibly saponin. It helps in tonify blood.

Squaw vine is a diuretic, tonic and astringent. It makes childbirth faster and easier when used in the last few weeks of pregnancy. As a diuretic it is used for gravel and urinary ailments. Squaw vine tea makes a good wash for skin problems and sore eyes. It will also help relieve insomnia.

Strawberry Leaves (Fragaria vesca)

Common names re pineapple strawberry, mountain strawberry, wood strawberry, common strawberry and wild strawberry.

This plant was originally called strawberry because the berries appear to be scattered among the leaves of the plant. In literature, it symbolizes sensuality and desire, whereas in religion it symbolizes perfection and righteousness.

Strawberry leaves contain cissotanic, malic and citric acids, as well as sugar and mucilage. The leaves have been used as a blood treatment, but there are many other uses. It has many minerals and is useful for the treatment of scurvy and other mineral deficient blood disorders.

Strawberry leaves are a tonic, diuretic and astringent. The fruit is a diuretic and refrigerant. The herb may be used internally or externally. Strawberry tea stimulates appetite, is good for bowel troubles and cleans the stomach. As an external wash it helps eczema. It is also good for diarrhea and weakness of the intestines.

Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)

Its common names are universe vine, bearberry, upland cranberry, mountain cranberry, wild cranberry, mountain box, bear’s grape, kinnikinnick, sagackhomi and mealberry.

It is bitter and cold, the part used are leaves.

Uva ursi contains the glucoside arbutin, ursone, gallic and ellagic acids, a yellow principle somewhat like quercetin and possibly myricetin. The leaves also contain six to seven per cent tannin.

It is used as a urinary antiseptic for the bladder infections, and to treat blood in the urine, kidney infection and womb problems.

Uva ursi is an astringent, tonic and diuretic. It is very good for kidney problems, diabetes, haemorrhoids, piles, excessive menstruation, spleen, liver troubles, pancreas problems and mucous discharges containing pus and blood from the bladder. It is helpful for gonorrhea and ulceration of the neck of the womb. It may be taken internally and externally as a douche.

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