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Related to polygonum bistorta: Persicaria bistorta
Infectious disease fighter, very strong astringent (stops internal and external bleeding). Used for diarrhea, ibs, ulcerative colitis, dysentery, mouth sores, vaginal discharge, gargle for sore throat. Whole plant is useable. Plant has tall spike stem, whose top is covered with a clublike cluster of pink flowers
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz