Agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria
Agrimony is fully appreciated in herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic that is useful for coughs, asthma, diarrhea, bronchitis, sore throat and an aid to digestion. In Traditional Agrimony is used to stop excessive menstrual bleeding. It has also been used for thousands of years to stop bleeding and bruising by "tanning" skin cells, making them impermeable to bleeding. This action also prevents bacteria from entering the wound.
It has been known to stop irritation of the urinary tract that may increase a child's urge to urinate and therefore may be useful in the treatment of bed-wetting and adult incontinence. It has been known to be effective against diarrhea, especially in small children, and because of its low toxicity, the is particularly suitable for children's illnesses.
The herb has been effective on the immune system by stimulating the body to produce immune bodies known as B-cells. These cells produce complex chemicals known as antigens that attack invading microbes. Agrimony has a reputation for treating jaundice and other complaints, giving tone to the digestive system and promoting the assimilation of food.
The chemical compound agrimophol, which is a component of Agrimony, has the ability to expel parasites by causing them to lose their hold on the lining of the bladder or intestine and become evacuated with urine and stool. That same substance also kills the organism that causes river blindness and many common bacteria such as E. coli, Staphylococcus, and other bacteria that cause dysentery and typhoid fever.