Having a long history of use since classical Greece, Dog Grass Root (triticum repens) is known also known as a wide variety of common names, including wheat grass, couch grass, and witch grass. Indeed, it has become naturalized throughout the world, and is even widely considered a weed due to its invasive growth and the difficulty in removing them. However, there have been reports of sick dogs digging up the roots and eating them; an occurrence that perhaps led to the ancient Greeks and the medieval herbalists (who also used it as an incense in Northern Europe) that followed discovering that it was quite useful in treating infections of the urinary tract.
This practice has continued into the modern era, with herbalists generally recognizing Dog Grass Root as a diuretic that can sooth inflammation of mucosal linings, particularly those along the urinary tract. This can be useful in treating the pain of urinary infections and similar discomfort.