Uses: The common name for this herb comes from the tale of a
New England Indian named Joe Pye (or Jo-Pi) who used the herb to
cure a settler of typhus.
Induces sweating and
acts as a diuretic.
While some Native Americans
use it as an astringent, a tonic and a stimulant, others believe
it to be an aphrodisiac.
Small doses of the dried
root were brewed in a tea or a tincture to reduce the symptoms of
rheumatism and gout.
Also used to treat certain
kidney and bladder problems (this explains the name Gravelroot).