Information on Stone Root

Latin NameCollinsonia canadensis
Other NamesRichweed
Part UsedRoot, Rhizome
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsUrinary system
CautionsNone noted if taken in moderate doses. Stone root can cause gastrointestinal irritation if taken in large amounts.
Botanical InfoA Mint family perennial with hard rhizomes and long, serrated lemon-scented leaves.
DescriptionStone root has a long history of use for dysmenorrhea and laryngitis. It has a beneficial effect on the venous system and is indicated for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. According to the Eclectics, it is especially indicated when there is a sense of constriction accompanying symptoms along the digestive tract--especially in the throat and anus. It is one of the most effective remedies available for anal fissure and hemorrhoids, and for these purposes it can be combined with horse chestnut.
Stone root is also a specific for irritated throat, hoarseness, and laryngitis experienced by speakers and singers who strain their voices.

Stone Root has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Powder1-2 capsules 2 x daily
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture20 drops to 2 droppersful, 3-4 x daily

Ailments Treated by Stone Root

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Anal fissuresvenous stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Hemorrhoidsvenous tonic, astringenttincture internally; cream externally
Laryngitisastringenttea, tincture
Varicose veinsvenous tonic, astringenttincture, capsule, tablet
Graveldiuretictincture, capsule, tea
Hoarsenessexpectorant, mucous membrane tonictincture, tea


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