DYSPEPSIA

2010

CHOKE CHERRY bark has got a reputation in America for dyspepsia; it was usually administered as a cold infusion with syrup, but the important plant at one time was SWEET FLAG. The carminative usage appeared in medieval Latin compilations, and was to be found in New World medicine also. In Alabama, they either chewed the root, or put it in whisky to be used when needed. Or it could be boiled, and the water drunk. The American Indians used it too, for similar purposes. A tisane of WHITE HOREHOUND has often been taken for a weak stomach, lack of appetite, and the like. Indigestion and dyspepsia were cured with Horehound tea, or, in homeopathy, by a tincture. Even Navajo Indians were reported to use this herb for indigestion, and it is certainly an American domestic medicine for dyspepsia still. CENTAURY is another plant still used as a popular medicine for dyspepsia, in the form of a leaf infusion. As long ago as Anglo-Saxon times there were leechdoms for stomach trouble using this plant.