Other names: Bitter wintergreen, false wintergreen,  king’s cure, prince’s pine, rhuematism weed

Scientific name: Chimaphila umbellata

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Arabic names:    الببسوة (al bebsiwa)

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Family: Fabaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Entire herb, leaf

Collection: Summer

Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: 6 to 12 inches

Actions: Alterative, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, tonic 

Known Constituents: The glycosides arbutin, ericolin and chimophilin, excreted in the urine as disinfectant substances similar to uva ursi, sitosterol, ursolic acid 

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Traditional Use:

Has been used with the intention of dissolving stones in the bladder.1  Externally it has been used for bruises and ulcers.1

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