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Health Benefits of Agrimony

Agrimony
Agrimony is a sweet-flavored herb belonging to the rose family that goes well in many tea blends - and it is packed with health benefits. Researchers indicate the herb supports digestive health, eases indigestion, helps lower blood sugar levels, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Agrimony also helps prevent a number of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
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What is agrimony?
Agrimony is a fragrant plant that has been used since the time of the early Roman and Greek empires to treat eye ailments, gastrointestinal disorders, and wounds. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to possess magical powers and was often placed under the pillow to induce deep sleep.
The species name eupatoria relates to Mithradates Eupator, King of Pontus, who is credited with introducing many herbal remedies. During the Elizabethan period, herbalists referred to agrimony as philanthropos because of its beneficial properties as a medicine. Today, the herb is used to treat a variety of conditions, including digestive and liver problems.
Botanical name: Agrimonia eupatoria
Other names: Church steeples, common agrimony, sticklewort, cocklebur, liverwort
Description: A perennial plant that grows to 3 feet tall with bright rounded yellow flowers and silvery-green leaves
Habitat: Native to Europe, western Asia and Africa and is now cultivated in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere
Properties*: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antiviral, gastrointestinal, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, immunomodulatory
The health benefits of agrimony according to research
1. Digestive Health
Agrimony has a long history of use in traditional Greek and Austrian medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation and diarrhea. The herb is still used in herbal medicine for similar reasons today.
According to modern research studies, agrimony is a rich source of tannins, compounds which contribute to the herb’s astringency and are thought to be beneficial for digestive health. According to a 2015 paper published in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, the herb was found to exert gastrointestinal effects. In one particular study, agrimony was used to treat patients suffering from gastritis, or stomach inflammation. After 25 days of therapy, 75% of patients claimed to be free from pain and 95% from symptoms of indigestion.
2. Heart and circulatory health
Agrimony contains constituents that have been shown in research studies to help lower blood sugar levels and promote overall cardiovascular health. Having too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time can cause health problems if left untreated, such as increased risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems in people with diabetes.
3. Immunity and overall health
Agrimony has a number of pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects as confirmed by several studies. One particular study found evidence of antiviral activity against Hepatitis B and influenza. Researchers have also found significant antioxidant activity, suggesting the herb could help prevent oxidative stress, which is thought to be involved in the development of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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