Steadfastness, patience, and perseverance.
Associated with the tortoise or turtle.
Also Called: Hummingbird Tree, Bitter Herb, Snake Head, Turtle Head, Turtle Bloom
Balmony is a very bitter herb with a tea-like flavour that acts mainly as a tonic for the liver and digestive system.
The herb also has anti-depressant and laxative effects.
A decoction of the whole herb is antibilious, aperient, appetizer, cathartic, cholagogue, detergent, tonic,vermifuge.
It is used internally in the treatment of consumption, debility, diseases of the liver, gallbladder problems, gallstones etc.
It is also used to relieve nausea and vomiting, intestinal colic and to expel worms.
Its tonic effect upon the digestive system has made it of benefit in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
Externally, it is applied as a soothing ointment to piles, inflamed tumours, irritable ulcers, inflamed breasts etc.