Herb Of The Month: Wood Betony

Herb Of The Month: Wood Betony

Wood betony
Wood betony


Wood betony or Stachys betonica was so highly prized in Europe that an Old Italian proverb advised: “Sell your coat and buy betony.”

The Medicina Britannica of the 17th century primarily extols its virtues with regard to headache, claiming that “I have known the most obstinate headaches cured by breakfasting for a month or six weeks on a decoction of Betony made with new milk and strained.”

Betony treats dyspepsia, poor appetite and indigestion, as well as internal wounds, including those of the GI tract.

Sores, including mouth sores, ulcers and boils all are indications for the use of Betony.

Wood betony was long considered to have powerful effect against evil spirits, and was planted in churchyards for this purpose. Many older churches and apothecary buildings still have wood betony growing around them to this day.

About the Author

Dr. Colleen Huber

Dr. Colleen Huber is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor and Fellow of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute (NORI).
She has an active natural cancer cancer clinic, where people come for treatment from all over the world because of her 90% success rate; the highest known cancer treatment success rate in the world.

Dr. Huber graduated from and then taught at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. Her blog, https://natureworksbest.com/blog, contains articles about cancer, alternative cancer treatments, nutrition, and natural lifestyles, many of such articles have appeared on www.mercola.com, the world’s most visited natural health website.

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Her groundbreaking and successful alternative cancer treatments and cancer prevention diet have been covered on Channel 3 and Channel 5 in Phoenix. Her academic writing and original research on sugar & cancer has appeared in The Lancet and other medical journals, and received media coverage around the U.S. and Europe.

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