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Amoracia rustica (Lam.) G.M. and S.
During a visit to Eskasoni, Cape Breton, in 1976, I visited a man who spoke to me about the eptekewey, or "hot root". This is the name that the Mi'kmaq give to the horse radish, he informed me. As he spoke, he pointed to a number of the plants growing in the front yard of his property. The horse radish is rich in vitamins A and C and has a long history of usage in herbal medicine. The plant has been used as a stomach medicine by the Mi'kmaq, but only a small portion of the root is required as it is very strong. Its main uses were to promote an appetite and to aid the digestive processes. The root may be added to food and taken in this manner, or a small portion steeped in a cup of water and taken as a medicinal drink.
Maud Grieve, in her book, A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, and now a classic in the field, has a great deal to say about this plant. A few of her main points are given below:
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