Comprehensive information regarding the plant’s constituents is, as of yet, lacking, but it is known that the plant contains the bitter substances iridoid glucosides such as catalpol (soluble in both water and alcohol) and resins.
A Good Herb for Digestion
Balmony has a long history as a medicinal herb in North American folk medicine, but the herb’s alleged medicinal properties have not been backed up by scientific methods and its therapeutic applications are solely based upon traditional uses.
Because the herb contains bitter substances it is regarded to helpful in stimulating appetite by increasing the secretion of digestive fluids and it is thought to be of values as a remedy for various liver ailments, and act as a general enhancer for the entire digestive system.
Balmony has been used as a natural treatment for gallstones, gallbladder inflammation, and jaundice. It is also regarded to have a laxative effect.
Furthermore, the herb has been used traditionally to relieve nausea, vomiting, and colic (intestinal cramps), and as a remedy for indigestion (dyspepsia), general weakness, anorexia and to get rid of intestinal parasites (worms).
Balmony is viewed as a gentle herb that can be used by both children and the elderly, especially for digestive problems caused by prolonged diseases.
The herb is also touted to have anti-depressant properties.