Abscess root is an herb. The root is ground and used as a medicinal tea.
Abscess root is used to reduce fever and swelling (inflammation) and to cause sweating. It is also used as a drying agent (an astringent) and to loosen chest congestion so it can be coughed up (as an expectorant).
Abscess root is also called "false Jacob's ladder," because it has astringent activity similar to Jacob's ladder. These two plants are used in similar ways, but differ chemically. Be careful not to mix them up.
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