Indian physic


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(Bot.) a plant of two species of the genus Gillenia (Gillenia trifoliata, and Gillenia stipulacea), common in the United States, the roots of which are used in medicine as a mild emetic; - called also American ipecac, and bowman's root.

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It's a tonic, antiseptic, and aids liver function when combined with Indian physic and boneset.