The medicinal part is the dried root.
Flower and Fruit
The hanging blue flowers are in loose terminal, glandular-haired panicles.
Leaves, Stem, and Root
The plant grows to about 25 cm. It has creeping roots and a thin rhizome, which produces numerous stems and numerous pale, thin, glabrous and brittle roots. The glabrous stems are heavily branched and bear alternate or opposite, pinnatifid leaves with 6 or 7 pairs of leaflets.
The plant is found in the U.S.
Abscess Root is the rhizome of Polemonium reptans.
Not to be Confused With
The plant is known as False Jacob's Ladder because it has an astringent action similar to true Jacob's Ladder.
American Greek Valerian, Blue Bells, False Jacob's Ladder, Sweatroot
Actions & Pharmacology
Abscess root has astringent, diaphoretic and expectorant effects.
Indications & Usage
The drug is used for febrile and inflammatory disorders.
Precautions & Adverse Reactions
No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.
Mode of Administration
It is ground as a drug for infusion.