Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus
Energetics: Warming, drying
Major Properties: Anodyne, lubrication
Parts Used: Root of first year plant after hard frost. There would be no flower stalk on the plant as it sets flowers its second year
I have not used mullein root other than for back pain, along with mullein leaf, where it generally helps. Matthew Wood describes his reasoning for mullein’s mechanism of action in his book, The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants: “It releases synovial fluid into the bursa and disperses internal fluids into the surrounding tissues, lubricating joints, muscles, bones, and ligaments. It is thus a remedy for complex fractures, where the bone needs to be lubricated to be returned to its place. It is also indicated in spinal dryness, inflexibility, and pain, and nerve pain along pinched or irritated nerve tracts.” Sounds pretty good, doesn't it. I think I should try it out more often!
This brief overview merely highlights my observations. There is, of course, a great deal of information that you can find on the Internet or in books. Or better yet - get together with other herbalists and share your experiences!
Please add your own experiences so that together we can create a more comprehensive overview.
As always, if you have a chronic ailment that is not resolving itself or an acute issue, seek the attention of your physician.