Lady’s Thumb

 

Persicaria Maculosa it is also referred to as Polygonum Persicaria.

This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. If in doubt don’t. Make sure you know a plant before you use it. I have eaten Lady’s Thumb, it does not have much taste but a similar plant that can easily be mistaken for lady’s thumb has a peppery taste. I do not think it has much nutritional value but some studies have shown it reduces symptoms of herpes.

http://www.weedinfo.ca/en/weed-index/view/id/POLPE

Lady’s Thumb does contain a potassium channel blocker. This means it could slow the heart rate down.

https://www.thieme-connect.com/DOI/DOI?10.1055/s-0033-1351016

This also gives it cancer fighting properties.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001429991830181X?via%3Dihub

It has antifungal properties.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21834226

The polygonum species are all high in antioxidants.

http://www.ptfarm.pl/pub/File/Acta_Poloniae/2002/2/145.pdf

They inhibit xanthine oxidase which would prevent excess reactive oxygen species.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25510560

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