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Asclepias tuberosaAsclepias tuberosa (Asclepiadaceae)

PLEURISY ROOT, CANADA ROOT, COLIC ROOT

 

Dried pleurisy root is given by herbalists for ailments such as bronchitis, pleurisy, and flu.

 

One of the most successful North American Indian remedies, it was used by the Indians as a food, as a medicine, and in special ceremonies. When American doctors discovered it, they named it after the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios, because of its power to save lives. Indigenous to North America, it is a perennial with spear-like leaves and yellow flowers in summer.

 

PARTS USED

Dried root.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Glycosides, including ascelpiadin; flavonoids, including rutin, kaempferol, and quercitin; amino acids.

 

ACTIONS

Expectorant; induces sweating; reduces muscle tension and spasm; relieves wind and colic.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Given for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, pleurisy and flu, where it eases pain and breathing.

 

PREPARATIONS

Infusion, tincture.

 

CAUTION

Excess can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, use with care.

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