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AGRIMONY
(Agrimonia eupatoria)

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AGRIMONY (Agrimonia eupatoria)

Agrimony

DESCRIPTION: Agrimony works mainly on the liver, although it also works on the entire body. It has been used as a tonic because it tones the muscles of the body and strengthens them. Agrimony has also been known to be an astringent, which contracts and hardens tissue.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Agrimony has an effect on the kidneys, which has been used as a diuretic. Because of the astringent properties in Agrimony, contracting and hardening tissue, Agrimony has been known to assist in removing thorns and splinters from the body. It also aids in stomach problems because it helps with acidity and utilizing food in the gut.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Agrimony may be safe for most adults when used short-term, although large amounts of agrimony may be unsafe because agrimony contains chemicals called tannins. Agrimony can cause some individual's skin to be extra sensitive to sunlight thereby more likely to burn. Agrimony is may be unsafe during pregnancy because it could affect the menstrual cycle. I have not found enough reliable information proving that it is safae to take if you are breast-feeding, so stay on the side of caution and avoid using it. For diabetics, Agrimony could lower blood sugar levels; therefore, those with diabetes should monitor their blood glucose levels very closely. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking agrimony.

If you are having surgery, Agrimony could affect blood sugar levels; therefore, it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Do not use agrimony at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

PARTS USED: The dry the part of the herb that grows above the ground to make medicine.

GENERAL USAGE: Agrimony may be used for diarrhea, gastric disturbances, intestinal problems, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), gallbladder and liver disorders, kidney stones, sore throat and skin diseases. Contains the Vitamins B3, K and niacin and the mineral, Iron.

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