Germanium maculata Common name: American cranesbill
Parts used: Root & aerial
Constituents: Tannins (up to 30%) inc. gallic acid; Resinous compounds.
Medicinal actions: Styptic, astringent, vulnerary, tonic
Medicinal uses: Geranium is an astringent, also hemostatic. Relaxed mucous tissues with profuse debilitating discharges; chronic mucous diarrheas; chronic dysentery; diarrhea with constant desire to defecate; passive hemorrhages; gastric ulcer.
Pharmacy: Decoction: 1-2 tsp/cup; simmer 10-15 min, 1 cup TID. Tincture: (1:5, 25%), 2-4 ml TID; weekly maximum is 60 ml.
Toxicity: Safe herb, however use with caution in people with spastic, dry constipation or people taking anicholinergic medication as it will potentiate smooth muscle irritability.