Common uses are for arthritis, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, edema, and abnormal blood sugar levels. Helpful for the liver, but is slow to produce desired results. Can be used as a coffee substitute. Actions: Diuretic, stomachic, mild laxative, cholagogue. Tendencies: Cooling and drying. Spiritually: Planet: Sun. Element: Air. Can be used to enhance psychic abilities, creativity, inspiration, courage and bravery, wishes, growth and transformation. Precautions: Contraindicated in bile obstruction, acute gallbladder inflammation and intestinal blockage.