Alternative names: Stoneseed
Lithosperma possesses antirheumatic, astringent, contraceptive, and diuretic properties. It contains phyto-progesterone, which is a naturally-occurring compound showing progesterone-like properties.
A poultice of the dried powdered leaves and stems has been used to relieve the pain of rheumatic joints.
According to North American Indian women, drinking a cold water infusion of the roots daily for six months ensures permanent sterility.
Place 30 mg seeds in 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until 2 cups remain, strain. Dosage is 1⁄2-1 cup three times daily.
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