by Jody Huffman
Delicate and Potent?
My coworker gave me these leaves which are to be placed in a pan with a little water to heat up, thereafter, to be applied to the pain area. I would like to know the name of the plant. My friend is of Hmong Culture, he states it has red stems, grows about 3 feet tall or so, very hearty, grows like weed.
Thank you for your time…
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Jody, I’m sorry I can’t identify that plant – it reminds me a bit of Polygonatum or Persicaria, the Knotweed, but I have no idea if this is used medicinally. However, it just happens that I know a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner who just might know more about it than I do.
Many of these kinds of plants are not grown in North America, and are only available in fresh form from a practitioner who also grows them. This might make it a little difficult to identify, as in some cases, only the dried form is available.
I’ll keep looking!