Boneset belongs to the aster family (Asteraceae). The plant is sometimes grown in rain gardens and attracts butterflies. Boneset tea is a folk remedy for fever, and traditionally the leaves were wrapped around broken bones to promote their healing.
It may act as a stimulant, febrifuge, and laxative. It acts slowly and persistently, and its greatest power is manifested upon the stomach, liver, bowels, and uterus.
It is regarded as a mild tonic in moderate doses, and is also diaphoretic, more especially when taken as a warm infusion, in which form it is used in attacks of muscular rheumatism and general cold. In large doses, it is emetic and purgative.
It may also be used as a remedy in catarrh, more especially in influenza.