Pleurisy Root, also known as Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Silkweed, Swallow Wort, Tuber Root, Wind Root, Colic Root, and Orange Milkweed, is native to North America. It is a member of the milkweed family, but does not produce the milky juice commonly seen in its kin. Pleurisy Root usually grows to about a foot in height, and every summer it produces deep yellow and orange flowers. Pleurisy Root gets its name from its use as a support for pleurisy by the Natives.
Health-wise,only the root is used. The root is gray-brown and spindle-shaped with a knotty crown. Powdered Pleurisy Root is yellow-brown. Pleurisy Root was used by the Native tribes and by settlers for a variety of lung ailments and as a topical product for warts and sores. In the 19th century, Pleurisy Root was an official supportive listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia, and was used in supporting colds, flu, bronchial and pulmonary complaints. It was also used to help support diarrhea, dysentery, joint pain, eczema, colic, and flatulence. Pleurisy Root contains glycosides, such as asclepiadin, volatile oil, essential oil, resins, amino acids, and flavonoids, such as Rutin and Quercetin.
Today, Pleurisy Root is most often used to help support product for bronchitis, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, and carminative properties. It is often used in conjunction with Capsicum, Cayenne, and Lobelia in supporting pulmonary infections.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Not recommended if you are pregnant or lactating.
Excessive use may cause vomiting or diarrhea.
Do not use if you are taking heart medication, diuretics or hormonal medication.
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