Gravel Root is an American herb that was introduced to the settlers by an Indian medicine man, who used it to cure Typhoid fever. This treatment worked so well that the herb derived its English name from that of the Medicine Man and became known as 'Joe Pye Weed'. Its more modern name, 'Gravel Root', alludes to its superior effect on stones and gravel in the body.
As the name suggests, Gravel Root is used for treating stones. Thanks to an oleoresin called euparine it is especially effective for dissolving kidney, gallbladder and even vesicular calculi. Although it is usually taken in combination with other herbs for the urinary system, it can even be used on its own for a variety of urinary conditions, such as painful or scanty urination, cystitis or urethritis. It is also indicated for bedwetting children or in cases of nervous incontinence. Its mild nature is well-tolerated.
Healing and release of past anger. Forgiveness. Letting go of fear and attachments that prevent positive forward movement and change.
Special Precautions & WarningsPregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use gravel root preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs during pregnancy. These products might cause birth defects and liver damage.
It is also LIKELY UNSAFE to use gravel root preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs if you are breast-feeding. These chemicals can pass into breast-milk and might harm the nursing infant.
It's not known whether products that are certified hepatotoxic PA-free are safe to use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay in the safe side and avoid using any gravel root preparation if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants
Gravel root may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking gravel root.