Synonyms: Dogs Grass, Quack Grass, Radix Graminis, Rhizoma Tritici, Scutch Grass, Triticum, Twitch Grass, Witch Grass
Genus species: Agropyron repens (syn. Elymus repens, Elytrigia repens), Triticum repens
Part Used: Whole Herb
Location: America, Australia, Europe, northern Asia, Northern Hemisphere
Actions: Antibacterial, antilithic, antipyretic, blood purifier, diuretic, expectorant, laxative
Indications: Bright's disease, bronchitis, calculi, catarrh, constipation, cystitis, fever, gout, jaundice, lumbago, prostate gland disorders, rheumatism, syphilis, urinary tract infection
Chemicals & Nutrients: beta-Carotene, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Silicon, Sodium, Vitamin C
Preparation & Dosages: 3x/day
Dried herb: 4-8 g
Drug Interactions: Due to the diuretic action of this herb the following drug interactions are possible: increased risk of toxicity with anti-inflammatory analgesics; if hypokalemia occurs possible antagonism with antiarrhythmics and potentiation of muscle relaxants; antagonizes antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs; may potentiate and/or interfere with antihypertensives; may potentiate lithium therapy; when taken with corticosteroids there is a risk for hypokalemia; may potentiate other diuretics and increase the risk of hypokalemia.
Safety: Agropyron repens is GRAS. Safe when used appropriately.