Indigo Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Indigo comes from the leaves and branches of a group of plants called Indigofera. Many Indigofera species grow worldwide, but only a few (such as I. tinctoria and I. suffruticosa) grow in the United States. An herbaceous perennial which takes its name from the Greek Bapto (to dye); has a black woody root, yellowish internally with many rootlets; stem about 3 feet high smooth, glabrous, round, and branched; leaves, small, subsessile, alternate and palmately trifoliate; leaflets rounded at end; calyx four-cleft; flowers, yellow, blooming August and September, in small loose terminal racemes. Legume short, bluish-black seeds, subreniform.
Extracting this magic herb into pure alcohol produces an interesting purplish ink good for magical workings. It also makes a nice color for wax or soap.
Common doses of Indigo
Indigo comes as tablets and a blue powder. Experts disagree on what dose to take.
Uses of Indigo herb
Used internally in form of decoction or syrup in scarlatina, typhus, and in all cases where there is a tendency to putrescency; it is purgative, emetic, stimulant, astringent, and antiseptic, principally used for its antiseptic qualities. Specifically, indigo may help to :-
Side effects of Indigo
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of indigo:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Researchers haven't substantiated therapeutic claims for indigo-used alone or combined with other ingredients. Until indigo is tested on people, medical experts can't recommend this herb.
Other names for Indigo : -
Other names for indigo include common indigo, Indian indigo, and qingdai.
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