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buck bean

(bŭk' bean),
The leaves of Menyanthes trifoliata (family Gentianaceae); credited with emmenagogue, antiscorbutic, and simple bitter properties.
Synonym(s): bogbean, menyanthes


Herbal medicine
A perennial aquatic herb that contains alkaloids, essential oil, flavonoids, glycosides and saponin; it is a gastric tonic and mildly sedative, and has been used for rheumatic complaints.
Large doses may cause vomiting and diarrhoea.


n Latin name:
Menyanthes trifoliata; part used: leaves; uses: antiinflammatory, upset stomach, anorexia; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; can cause nausea, anorexia, and bleeding hemolysis when taken in conjunction with NSAIDs, antiplatelets, or anticoagulants. Also called
buckbean, marsh trifoil, or
water shamrock.