Baptisia is from the legume family, one of the more known species would be the Wild Indigo plant. Commonly grown in many gardens in North America, the baptisia is widely known for the indigo dye obtained from the plant. Baptisia is also known as wild indigo, or false indigo.
Description: Baptisia has a clump like flower that come in a variety of colors from whites, blues, and yellows, which are then followed with an ornamental black pod. Baptisia can grow to up to four feet in height.
Medicinal Uses: used to stimulate the liver to increase biliary secretions. Baptisia can also be used in small doses as a laxative. Also used as an emetic, purgative and antiemetic as there is conflicting reports that it can be used to induce vomiting and stop vomiting.
Poison Factors: All parts of the Baptisia plant are poisonous, while it causes only low toxicity Baptisia should only be consumed after properly processed.
Chemical Components: are composed of calcium salt, starch, albumen, and baptisine (baptitoxine).
Important Information: Baptisia is currently under study to see if Baptisia will boost the immune system.
Interactions: there are no known interactions at this time with foods, supplements or compounds. Polythiazide should be avoided while taking Baptisia as dangerous and unwanted effects may take place.
This page is to be used for information only. Please contact a health professional or a certified herbalist before trying any homeopathic herbs or remedies. This information is not meant to replace or disregard your medical professional’s advice.
Natural Medicinal Herbs: Wild Indigo
Henriette’s Herbal Homepage: Baptisia – Wild Indigo
Herbs 2000: Baptisia Tinctoria
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