Bone Set Herb: Influenza by risingsun .....

Boneset Boneset is excellent for influenza. Dr. Shook says that he has never known this herb to fail in overcoming influenza. Boneset tea was one of the most common home remedies in the last century. The Indians used it to reduce fever, to relieve body pain and for colds. It was given the name of "Break-bone fever" because of the pain influenza caused that felt like breaking bones. It is a mild tonic and very useful in the indigestion of old people. Boneset contains vitamin C, calcium, some PABA, and also contains magnesium and potassium.

Date:   4/7/2006 6:06:31 AM ( 16 y ago)

Bone Set has is also called comfrey, knitbone and blackwort
Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset): People with the flu who experience aches in the muscles and pains in the bones and/or in their eyes often benefit from this remedy. Another characteristic symptom of people who need this remedy is chills that occur in the morning, especially 7-9am. These people desire cold drinks, even during a chill and even though it may elicit a chill response, and they feel better lying on whatever part of their body is aching.

Boneset belongs to the same botanical family as echinacea and daisy (Asteraceae). It grows primarily in North America. Boneset’s leaves and flowering tops are used medicinally.

Boneset has been used in connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual health concern for complete information):
Rating Health Concerns

Common cold/sore throat

Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies)

Native Americans used boneset as a treatment for a wide range of infectious and
fever-related conditions. Europeans eventually adopted the use of the plant, and extended its traditional uses to include malaria.1
Active constituents

Boneset contains sesquiterpene lactones, such as euperfolin, euperfolitin, and eufoliatin, as well as polysaccharides and flavonoids. In a test tube study, a particular polysaccharide in boneset was found to stimulate immune cell function.2 This may partially explain its use to treat minor viral infections, such as colds and the flu. Boneset also triggers sweating by raising body temperature, potentially of benefit for colds and flu as well.3
How much is usually taken?

Traditionally, boneset is taken as a tea or tincture. To prepare a tea, boiling water is added to 1/4–1/2 teaspoon (1–2 grams) of the herb and allowed to steep, covered, for ten to fifteen minutes. Three cups (750 ml) a day may be taken (the tea is quite bitter). Tincture, 1/4–3/4 teaspoon (1–4 ml) three times per day, is also often taken.4
Are there any side effects or interactions?

A small number of people experience nausea and/or vomiting when using boneset. The fresh plant, however, is more likely to cause this than the dried herb. Although potentially liver-damaging chemicals, called pyrrolizidine alkaloids, are found in some plants similar to boneset, the levels in boneset are minimal. There are no known reports of liver damage from taking boneset. Nevertheless, patients with liver disease should avoid boneset, and no one should take it consistently for longer than six months. Boneset is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Boneset should not be used when a high fever (over 102 degrees F) is present.

At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with boneset.

Boneset Herb: Description: Boneset is excellent for relieving the aches and pains associated with the flu. It helps the body cope with fever and cleans the congestion from the upper respiratory tract.


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