Today, trifid bur marigold has few applications in herbal medicine, but the herb was once highly regarded, especially during the Middle Ages.
Still, the herb has a number of valuable properties and was previously used to treat urinary tract infections, kidney and respiratory ailment
The English botanist and astrologer Nicholas Culpeper (1616 – 1654) praised the herb in one of his writings where he wrote that it is helpful as a remedy for dropsy, jaundice, emaciation and other evil conditions afflicting the body.
The herb has an astringent, hemostatic and diuretic properties and can be used for various ailments related to the bladder and kidney.
The herb contains natural antiseptic substances and may be used internally in tea form as a remedy for inflammation and minor bleeding in the urinary tract that is due to cystitis, gout, gravel or kidney stones and bleeding in the digestive tract due to ulcers, diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis.
Trifid bur marigold can be used in conjunction with sweet flag (Acorus calamus) or ginger (Zingiber officinale) for ailments related to the digestive tract and in combination with common agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) to halt bleeding.
To improve the efficiency of the herb as a natural treatment of urinary tract problems, the fluid intake (including the herbal tea) should be at least two liters a day.
It has been shown that the polysaccharides present in the herb may have an immunomodulatory effect, and it may also be effective against malaria due to some of the flavonoids.
Externally, a hot water extract of the herb can be used as a mouthwash or gargle as a relief for inflammation of the mouth and throat, and as a wash, compresses or poultices as a treatment for eczema, ulcers, and minor skin injuries such as cuts and scrapes.
In Russia, the herb has been used as a treatment for hair loss (alopecia), which can be attributed to the effect the flavonoids have on the blood flow in the capillaries.
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