Gravel Root Eupatorium purpureum
Especially valuable as a diuretic and stimulant, as well as an astringent tonic, a tea made from the roots and leaves has been used to eliminate stones from the urinary tract, to treat urinary incontinence in children, cystitis, urethritis, impotence.
Today Gravel Root is used for kidney stones, cystitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Because it encourages the excretion of excess uric acid, it is also used to treat rheumatism and gout. Gravel Root is effective as a treatment for an inflamed prostate, spasmodic dysmenorrhea with irregular menstruation, it helps ease childbirth, and it helps eliminate fluid retention. It also works well in treating pharyngitis, sore throat, dysentery, ulcers, fistula inflammation of the middle ear, acute cystitis, and vaginismus.