Bistorte - Bistort, Snakeweed
- Bistorta officinalis


BISTORTE, veut un térrein humide & à l’ombre, se multiplie de plant enraciné en Septembre.

On se sert des racine de cette plante en tisane ou en décoction, même en poudre au poids d’un gros: c’est un astringent assez efficace propre pour arrêter toute sortes de flux.


BISTORTE, likes moist & shady soil, multiplies from rooted plant in September.

We use the roots of this plant in herbal infusion or in decoction, as much as a gros weight powdered: it is a very effective astringent to stop all kinds of flow.

Culpeper (1651) Government and virtues.It belongs to Saturn, and is in operation cold and dry; both the leaves and roots have a powerful faculty to resist all poison. The root, in powder, taken in drink expels the venom of the plague, the small-pox, measels, purples, or any other infectious disease, driving it out by sweating. The root in powder, the decoction thereof in wine being drank, stays all manner of inward bleeding, or spitting of blood, and any fluxes in the body of either man or woman, or vomiting. It is also very available against ruptures, or burstings, or all bruises from falls, dissolving the congealed blood, and easing the pains that happen thereupon; it also helps the jaundice.

The water, distilled from both leaves and roots, is a singular remedy to wash any place bitten or stung by any venomous creature; as also for any of the purposes before spoken of, and is very good to wash any running sores or ulcers. The decoction of the root in wine being drank, hinders abortion or miscarriage in child-bearing. The leaves also kill the worms in children, and is a great help to them that cannot keep their water; if the juice of Plaintain be added thereto, and outwardly applied, much helps the ghonorrhea, or running of the reins. A dram of the powder of the root, taken in water thereof, wherein some red hot iron or steel hath been quenched, is also an admirable help thereto, so as the body be first prepared and purged from the offensive humours. The leaves, seed, or roots, are all very good in decoction, drinks, or lotions, for inward or outward wounds, or other sores. And the powder, strewed upon any cut or wound in a vein, stays the immoderate bleeding thereof. The decoction of the root in water, where unto some pomegranate peels and flowers are added, injected into the matrix, stays the immoderate flux of the courses. The root thereof, with pelitory of Spain and burnt alum, of each a little quantity, beaten small and into paste with some honey, and a little piece thereof put into a hollow tooth, or held between the teeth, if there be no hollowness in them, stays the defluction of rheum upon them which causes pains, and helps to cleanse the head, and void much offensive water. The distilled water is very effectual to wash sores or cankers in the nose, or any other part; if the powder of the root be applied thereunto afterwards. It is good also to fasten the gums, and to take away the heat and inflammations that happen in the jaws, almonds of the throat, or mouth, if the decoction of the leaves, roots, or seeds bruised, or the juice of them, be applied; but the roots are most effectual to the purposes aforesaid.

Gerard (1597). The juice of Bistort put into the nose prevaileth much against the disease called polyps, against the biting of serpents or any venomous beast, being drunk in wine or the water of Angelica. The root boiled in wine and drunk, stoppeth the lask and bloody flux; it stayeth also the overmuch flowing of women's monthly sicknesses. The root taken as aforesaid stayeth vomiting, and healeth the inflammation and soreness of the mouth and throat: it likewise fasteneth loose teeth, being holden in the mouth for a certain space, and at sundry times.

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