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Medicinal Action and Uses---Butternut is a mild cathartic like rhubarb; it does not constipate and is often used as a habitual laxative, also for dysentery and hypatic congestions. It has been employed as a vermifuge and is recommended for syphilis and old ulcers. The expressed oil of the fruit removes tapeworm. The fruit when halfgrown is made into pickles and when matured is a valuable article of diet. The bark is used for dyeing wool a dark brown colour but is inferior to that of the black walnut for this purpose. It is said to be rubefacient when applied to the skin [A Modern Herbal; Mrs. M. Grieve]
The bark is used in dyeing wool a dark - brown color, though inferior for this purpose to that of the Black Walnut.
The inner bark is the medicinal portion, and that of the root being considered most efficient, is directed by the National Pharmacopoeia
Before the homeopathic provings were made Jug-c. had a reputation as a mild cathartic and was successfully used in camp diarrhea and dysentery in the early American wars. Applied to the skin, the juice causes reddening and blistering.
"The green rind rubbed on tetters and ringworm dispels them." The provings brought out the characteristics in much detail, and clinical use has still further developed them.
Jug-r. has been used with much success in scrofulous and scorbutic conditions, and both Jug-r. and Jug-c. cause dark, clotted hemorrhage - Jug-c. from the lungs and Jug-r. from the uterus.