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    Scientific Names

    • Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.
    • Amaranthaceae
    • Amaranth family

    Common Names

    ivyFlower gentle
    ivyFlower Velour
    ivyLady bleeding
    ivyLovely bleeding
    ivyLove lies bleeding
    ivyPrince's feather
    ivyRed cockscomb
    ivySpleen amaranth
    ivyVelvet flower
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    Parts Usually Used

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    Description of Plant(s) and Culture

    Amaranth is an annual herb; its stout, upright stem grows 3-4 feet high and bears alternate, oblong-lanceolate pointed, green leaves that have a red-purplish spot. Its flowers appear in August and grow in clusters. The flowers are not properly flowers, but tufts, with no smell, and of a reddish color. Bruised flowers will yield juice of the same color, dried they make good addition to flower arrangements. Flowering time is from August until frost. Seeds are a shiny black.

    Other varieties: Smooth pigweed (A. hybridus); Pigweed or Green Amaranth (A. retroflexus). (also tumbleweed)
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    Where Found

    Cultivated and occurs wild mainly in the central states of the United States.
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    Medicinal Properties

    Astringent, hemostatic, nutritive, alterative
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    Biochemical Information

    Not identified; probably small amount of tannin
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    Legends, Myths and Stories

    The name is from the Greek, meaning "unfading".

    The ash of amaranth has a very large salt peter content.

    Some species of amaranth are known as pigweed. None of the species is poisonous and many are used as potherbs.
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    Taken internally for diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhage from the bowels, nosebleeds, and excessive menstruation. Can be used as a douche for leucorrhea, as a wash for skin problems, and as a gargle for mouth and throat irritations.
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    Formulas or Dosages

    Infusion or decoction: use 1 tsp. leaves with 1 cup water. Take cold, 1-2 cups a day.

    Gargle: 2 tbsp. to 1 quart water, simmered 10 minutes and used as a gargle 3-4 times a day. May be used as a douche for leucorrhea.

    Tincture: a dose is 1/2 to 1 tsp.
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    Nutrient Content

    High in vitamins A and C
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    Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

    Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

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    Buy It! Chinese Medicinal Herbs, compiled by Shih-Chen Li, Georgetown Press, San Francisco, California, 1973.

    Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

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