With it’s strong diuretic, astringent and anticonvulsive properties, Rupturewort is a true gem in the herbal medicinal world!
Urinary Tract Infections
Rupturewort has been used for centuries for medicine and the first mention of its use dates back to the early 1500s when it was used as a natural diuretic to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis.The herb is still used today to treat a range of urinary tract conditions including urethritis, urinary tract infections and cystitis and it has an anti-spasmodic effect on the bladder. It is also used to prevent kidney stones or kidney gravel from forming.
Rupturewort has also been used traditionally to help treat minor wounds and ulcers. Its common name as well as its scientific name – ‘Herniaria’ stem from its purported ability to treat herniated or ruptured skin.
Because it has astringent properties, the herb is applied topically in the form of a poultice to help speed up the healing of minor wounds, ulcers and sores.
Arthritis and Gout
Rupturewort has also been used to help treat joint conditions like rheumatism and arthritis. It is also sometimes used to treat gout because of its diuretic ability – it helps flush uric acid and other toxins from the system. It is the build-up of uric acid which cause painful episodes of gout.