LATIN NAME: Potentilla erecta

FAMILY: Rosaceae

GENUS: Potentilla

COMMON NAMES: tormentil, septfoil or erect cinquefoil

DISTRIBUTION AREA: Europe, Western Asia, Caucasus


  • anti-inflammatory
  • disinfectant
  • astringent
  • antispasmodic
  • hemostatic
  • expectorant
  • choleretic
  • tonic

BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Potentilla erecta is a perennial herb, 15 to 50 cm height. Rhizome is cylindrical, woody, short, almost horizontal, unevenly thickened, curved or straight. Stem is erect, branching on top. Leaves are alternate, have a wedge-oblong shape, serrate; basal leaves are trifoliate or fivefold on long petioles; stem leaves are trifoliate, sessile. Flowers are solitary, small, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter; axillary or apical on thin, rather long pedicels, with four golden-yellow petals.


Rhizomes contain:

  • up to 30% tannins, tormentilin glycoside
  • triterpenoids (up to 6%): quinic acid, tormentoside
  • resin, crystalline ester tormentol
  • phenol carboxylic acids: gallic, quinic, ellagic, caffeic, n-coumaric, protocatechinous, flavonoids (kaempferol), phlobaphenes
  • phenols (fluoroglucin, catechol, pyrogallol)
  • catechin, wax, gum, starch, macro- and microelements


Potentilla erect is used in folk medicine in the form of decoction, infusion, tea, ointment and tincture.

Tormentilla possesses the following health benefits:

  • eliminates pathogens
  • prevents bacteria from multiplying
  • stops bleeding
  • normalizes stools due to astringent properties
  • relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, especially the intestines
  • removes fluid from the body
  • normalizes water-salt balance
  • improves the function of the reproductive system
  • helps reduce uterine bleeding
  • normalizes the menstrual cycle
  • eliminates pain symptoms
  • useful for unstable erection
  • has a tonic effect on the body
  • restores physical strength
  • eliminates nervousness
  • strengthens the nervous system
  • protects the inflamed intestinal mucosa from irritation and damage by microbial and other adverse agents
  • eliminates acute inflammatory reactions
  • restores intestinal eubiosis
  • reduces dyspepsia disorders such as nausea, bitter taste in the mouth, belching, vomiting, and gingival bleeding and rectal bleeding


Potentilla erecta is effective for such diseases of digestive system as gastritis, gastric ulcer, intestinal disorders, heartburn, loss of appetite, nausea, bitter taste in the mouth, belching, vomiting, insufficient acidity of gastric juice, diarrhea, dysentery.

Tormentilla effectively treats such disorders of the reproductive system as spasmodic pain during menstruation, uterine bleeding.

Decoction from this plant is helpful for such diseases of the respiratory system as asthma, ARVI, tuberculosis, inflammation of the bronchi and lungs, sore throat.

Dermatologists use this plant in various forms to provide cure for such skin diseases as eczema, inflammations, acne, burns, chilblain, pathologies of fungal origin, hemorrhoids, and mucous membranes of the mouth.


Ointment: add 10 gr of Tormentilla root powder to 100 gr of butter. Mix the paste properly. Apply the ready ointment to the burn wounds, cracks, inflamed acne.

Infusion for normalization of digestive system: add 20 gr of plant root powder to 200 ml of water. Infuse it for 12 hours. When ready, filter the infusion removing the plant material. Take 1/3 part of the infusion 20 minutes before meals 3 times a day.

Decoction for cold and cough: pour 1 tablespoon of Tormentilla root with 200 ml of boiling water. Simmer it for 15 minutes. When ready, cool and filter the decoction and take 1 teaspoon every 2 hours.


Potentilla erecta is forbidden when having individual intolerance to the plant components.

There is no sufficient information about using this plant during pregnancy and lactation.

Sometimes, especially when the dose is exceeded, allergic reaction, nausea and vomiting can occur.

“Small herbs have grace, great weeds to grow apace”

W. Shakespeare

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.