Cats-foot is spread in subarctic and moderately continental climatic zones of Europe, North America and Asia. Cats-foot is a light-requiring plant growing mostly on sands, in pine forests, dry meadows and moorlands. The herb itself as well as its flowers is used in medicine. They are gathered while blossoming. Cats-foot contains gums, saponins, tannin, vitamin K, and alkaloids.
Cats-foot in dentistry and against diseases of the mouth cavity. Decoction of cats-foot is an effective styptic matter. It is used as a mouthwash and taken to treat inflammations and gum bleedings. Dried cats-foot is used in folk medicine instead of tobacco to eliminate toothache.