Common Names: Seven Barks, Wild Hydranges
Scientific: Hydrangea Arborescens L., Saxifragaceae, Saxifrage Family
Common Uses: Antilithis, diuretic The root has long been used as a mild diuretic. It has a reputation for helping to prevent and remove gravel, gallbladder stones, and kidney stones. Will relieve chronic rheumatism, backache, paralysis, scurvy, and dropsy. Homeopathically, for bronchitis, treats diabetes, incontinence of urine, and prostatic affections. The Cherokee Indians used this herb for urinary retention and stones. Also excellent for chronic penile discharge (non-specific urethritis) in men and mucousal irritation in the aged. This herb acts differently in different people. In some it acts like a laxative. Therefore, it is better to start with a smaller dose and increase slowly as needed. The average dose is 2 capsules a day. Externally, scraped bark is poulticed on wounds, burns, sore muscles, sprains, tumors; the bark chewed for stomach problems, heart trouble.
*Warnings: Overdose can cause vertigo (dizziness) and stuffiness in the chest. Experimentally, causes bloody diarrhea, painful gastroenteritis, cyanide-like poisoning. Research has shown that this plant is potentially toxic.
Origin: Grows on dry slopes, in shady woods, and on streambanks from New York to Iowa, northern Florida, Oklahoma to Indiana, Ohio, and Louisiana.