Gravel Root

Can be found in our Bones & Teeth product.

Herbal Medicine Materia Medica:Gravel Root:

David Hoffmann L. BSc (Hons), MNIMH ©


Eupatorium purpureum


Names: Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Queen of the Meadow.

Do not confuse with Boneset: Eupatorium perfoliatum

Habitat: USA

Collection: The root and rhizome should be dug up in the autumn after the plant has stopped flowering. Wash thoroughly, slice and dry.

Part Used: Rhizome and root.


  • Volatile oil, of unknown composition
  • Flavonoids, including euparin
  • Resin


Actions: Diuretic, anti-lithic, anti-rheumatic.

Indications: Gravel Root is used primarily for kidney stones or gravel. In urinary infections such as cystitis and urethritis it may be used with benefit, whilst it can also play a useful role in a systemic treatment of rheumatism and gout. Ellingwood considered it to have the following symptomatology: "Irritation of the bladder in women from displacement and chronic inflammation of the uterus; and suppression of urine, partial or complete, during or after pregnancy." He recommends in following conditions: dropsy, strangury, gravel, haematuria, disease of the kidney and bladder from an excess of uric acid, chronic endometriosis, leucorrhoea, chronic uterine disease, threatened abortion, ovarian and uterine atony, dysmenorrhoea, dysuria, constant desire to urinate, intermittent fever, severe bone pains.

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