The medicinal power of purple liverwort

Purple liverwort is a perennial plant with magenta pink-purple flowers and it can grow to a height of one and a half to two and a half meters. Purple liverwort spreads a vanilla-like scent that is very attractive to bees and other insects. These creatures ensure fertilization. Purple liverwort originally comes from North America, but since it was brought over by colonists it grows in all areas of the world with a temperate climate. It is a plant that you regularly find in ornamental gardens. It has medicinal properties, especially for the kidneys and rheumatic diseases. It is a diuretic. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Purple liverwort / Source:, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)


  • Naming
  • Important ingredients
  • Good for bladder and urinary tract
  • Liver purple herb for uterine problems


The Latin name of purple liverwort is Eupatorium purpureum . Hepar means liver in Latin. That was later corrupted to eupar. The plant was also used by the Greek king Mithridates VI Eupator. This king used plants from the Eupartorium family as a basis for an antidote. Many liver herbs have been used as anti-venom for snakes and poison brewed from herbs because the liver always bears the brunt during poison ingestion. Purpureum refers to the color of the flowers. These are magenta pink, a color that is referred to as purple with a slightly outdated Dutch word. In Dutch the plant is also called purple liverwort. The plant is related to waterhemp and marigold, two medicinal plants whose Latin name is Eupatorium, just like purple liverwort. On some sites, kingwort and purple liverwort are seen as one plant, but that is not correct. There are a total of 40 types of eupatoriums.

Indians from North America often used liverwort as a medicine for fever and flu.

Important ingredients

The rhizome of purple liverwort is mainly used. This root contains a number of phytonutrients with medicinal properties: essential oil, resins and flavonoids such as euparin.

Striking: purple liverwort has no medicinal effect on the liver.

Good for bladder and urinary tract

The diuretic action, in conjunction with the soothing effects on the mucous membranes, has medicinal consequences. It ensures that bacteria adhere less well to the mucous membranes. This makes it a positive remedy for the bladder and urinary tract. Because of these medicinal properties, purple liverwort is used for:

  • Cystitis,
  • urethral inflammation,
  • Prostatitis,
  • Dysuria or painful urination.

Liver purple herb for uterine problems

In phytotherapy, purple liverwort is only used for bladder, urinary tract, kidney problems, dropsy and gout. It is striking that purple liverwort has no effect on the liver; it only has that name because its closely related herbs are good for the liver. In folk medicine, purple liverwort is used for all kinds of women’s diseases such as:

  • Chronic uterine problems,
  • Leucorrhea or white loss,
  • Dysmenorhee or menstrual pain,
  • Endometriosis, uterine lining outside the uterus,
  • Decreased function of ovaries,
  • Decreased function of uterus or uterus.