GELSEMIUM, YELLOW JASMINE, FALSE JASMINE, WILD WOODBINE
Also known as yellow jasmine, it
is not actually a jasmine. The root is given externally by herbalists for
facial pain and toothache but, as it is poisonous, it is used internally
only in homeopathic doses.
Yellow jasmine was originally used for fevers by early North American settlers, but has
come to be used mainly for facial neuralgia (nerve pain). A native of North America, it
is very poisonous and in no way related to the scented European jasmines. Growing
near water in rich, damp, lowland soils, this perennial climber has spear-shaped leaves
and clusters of fragrant, trumpet-shaped, yellow flowers in early spring.
Root and rhizome.
Alkaloids, including gelsemine,
gelsemedine, and gelsedine; iridoids, including gelsemide; coumarins; tannins.
Sedative; relieves pain; induces sweating; reduces muscle tension and spasm.
Used externally for facial neuralgia and toothache.
The homeopathic remedy (Gelsemium) is given for dull headaches associated with fever, colds and catarrh, sore throats, tonsillitis, and flu.
Tincture, homeopathic remedies.
Highly poisonous. Sale of the herb is restricted,
and it should be used only under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.