Potentilla goose (Potentilla anserina L.)


Perennial with a thick rhizome and thin creeping stems, shortened at the nodes; leaves basal, pinnate with elliptical silky toothed leaves, flowers regular, 15-2 cm across, solitary on long pedicels, with double calyx and five-lobed corolla, light yellow, with a delicate aroma; fruits are seeds. Potentilla blooms in May-August. Potentilla goose grows everywhere in open grassy places, it is common.

Contains active substances:

Potentilla goose contains tannins, flavonoids, an unknown antispasmodic substance, organic and fatty acids.

Medicinal use:

An aqueous decoction of the whole plant is drunk for gastric diseases, dysentery; powdered cinquefoil leaves are sprinkled on scrambled eggs and eaten with dysentery; water decoction is drunk with uterine bleeding; a decoction of the whole plant in milk is drunk with whites; children are given to drink with nervous convulsions; eczema, snake bites; the juice of the leaves of goose cinquefoil is poured into wounds; cinquefoil root is used for toothache, a decoction of the herb is used to wash the head from a headache; wormy wounds are poured with Potentilla juice; with bleeding gums, rinse the mouth with a decoction.

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