|Threeleaf goldthread Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Coptis trifolia|
|Colors||Green to tan or light brown|
|Shapes||1/3 inch long|
Gravel root is distinguishable by the purple band about 1 in. broad around the leaf joint. The perennial plant reaches heights of 5–6 ft., with pale purple to white tubular flowers that bloom in August and September. It has small, deeply three lobed and evergreen leaf that rises from the ground. The leaves, from three to five at a joint, are broad, rough and jagged. Petals are four to seven; yellow and club like and are smaller than stamens. The root is the official part, with a fragrance resembling that of old hay, and slightly bitter, aromatic taste which is faintly astringent but not unpleasant.
The strong decoction of the root is esteemed almost an infallible remedy for gravel and accumulations of the associated bladder, kidney and the urinary system. To mention a few: dropsy, neuralgia, lumbago, gout, rheumatism and joint stiffness caused by uric acid deposits. It has also been recognized as being an agent for sterility, threatened abortion, as well as incontinence of urine. Queen of the meadow is also used in nerve fibres, which once destroyed can never be replaced.
Tincture of the root—Albuminuria, Calculi, Cystitis, Diabetes, Dropsy, Enuresis, Gravel, Headache, Home-sickness, Hysteria, Impotence, Indigestion, Intermittent fever, Renal colic, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Strangury, Throat (sore), Urine (retention of), Vomiting.
- Use it internally as bitter tonic for dyspepsia.
- Use it as a wash or gargle for sores and ulcerations in mouth, throat, jaundice and stomach.
- It is used for inflammations of mucous membranes in the mouth and around eyes.
- It is used for treating alcoholism.
- It is used for treating gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting, diarrhea and bacterial dysentery.
- Use it for treating mouth sores such as canker sores, swollen gums and tongue ulcers.
- On the skin it is used topically to treat acne, boils, carbuncles, burns, and infected cuts.