Self-heal is used for inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), diarrhea, colic, and stomach upset and irritation (gastroenteritis). It is also used for mouth and throat ulcers, sore throat, and internal bleeding.
Some people use self-heal for HIV/AIDS, fever, headache, dizziness, liver disease, and spasm. It is also used to kill germs (as an antiseptic), loosen phlegm (as an expectorant), and tighten and dry skin (as an astringent).
How does it work?
Medicinal Action and Uses:
Anti-Inflammatory – It is used as an anti-inflammatory and has anti-allergic activity.
External Uses – In western medicine it is used externally for treating minor injuries, sores, burns, bruises and can also be used as a mouthwash to treat mouth ulcers.
Hepatic – in Chinese medicine the herb is mainly used for treating liver complaints, acting as a stimulant in the liver and gall bladder.
Styptic – The plant has a long history of medicinal use, and traditionally the leaves are applied to wounds to promote healing and staunch bleeding.
Dosage: Use 6-30 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well.
Can be applied to the skin as needed.