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The root, and also a resin made from the root, is cholagogue, diuretic, laxative and strongly purgative. The dried root contains 4.9% resin. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers. A tea made from the flowers is laxative and is also used in the treatment of fevers and wounds. A cold tea made from the leaves is laxative and is also used as a wash for spider bites or taken internally to reduce excessive menstrual flow.
C. arvensis also has ethnobotanical history in the New World, probably due to its early introduction. As early as 1890, a United States herbalist described as a laxative. It then entered American Indian medicinal usage: the Navajo 4use it as a medicine for spider bites and an intestinal stimulant, the Pomo use it to aid
menstruation and childbirth, and the leaves and roots are considered to be laxatives in some South American cultures, where a medicine from the leaves is made to stimulate bile flow.
The stem is also used by the Okanagan-Colville people of the Northwest as a pack-rope for carrying small-game they have hunted.