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BUCKBEAN

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Menyanthes trifoliata. N.O. Gentianaceae.

Synonym ► Bogbean, Marsh or Water Trefoil. Habitat ► Low-lying, marshy lands.

Features ► Stem and stalk soft and pithy. Thin, brittle, dark green leaves with long stalks and three obovate leaflets, about two inches long by one inch broad, entire edges. Very bitter taste.

Part used ► Herb.

Action ► Tonic, deobstruent.

Of special use as a bitter tonic; with suitable alteratives, etc., in rheumatism and skin diseases. Frequent wineglass doses of the 1 ounce to

1 pint infusion. Coffin recommends for dyspepsia.

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