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• Effectively restores the proper function of the body, can increase health and vitality, helps support bedsores, carbuncles, irritated skin, hemorrhoids and much more.


• Effectively restores the proper function of the body, can increase health and vitality, helps support bedsores, carbuncles, hemorrhoids and much more.
Poke Root is also known by the names Pigeon Berry, Red Ink Plant, Shang-lu, Congora, Coakum, Inkberry, Scoke, and Red Weed. Poke Root is an perennial shrub which grows in damp woodlands, hedges, and waste places, especially in the South. The parts of this plant used for health benefits are the roots and the berries. The genus name Phytolacca is from the Greek "phyton," meaning "plant," and the French word "lac" in reference to the plant's ability to yield a "reddish dye." The name Poke is derived from an Indian word "pocan," a name for any plant that yields a red dye, and from "pak," meaning "blood." A dye from the berries has been used as ink and paint, and for basket coloring. In fact, the United States Constitution was written in Pokeberry ink. During the presidential campaign of James Polk, his supporters wore a sprig of Poke in their lapels. At one time,

In Africa, the plant is being investigated for its ability to help control Bilharzia, an attack contracted by bathing in water containing certain snails. The primary chemical constituents of Poke Root include triterpenoid saponins, alkaloids (phytolaccine), phytolaccic acid, formic acid, lectins, tannin, protein (PAP), fatty oil, resin, and sugars. The alkaloid constituents are fundamentally nitrogen containing molecules that have a marked effect on both animal and human physiology in varying roles - from pain killer to poison. Tannins have the effect of precipitating protein molecules, producing a sort of "leather coat" on the surface of tissues. Little documented evidence exists as to the specific beneficial role of the phytolaccic acid.

Poke Root is broadly described as an alterative, purgative, and emetic. An alterative is any herb which will gradually restore the proper function of the body, and increase health and vitality. They act to alter the body's processes of metabolism so that tissues can best deal with the range of functions from nutrition to elimination. Emetics are herbs that cause vomiting through irritation of the stomach or nervous system. A purgative is an herb which has the effect of causing rapid and violent diarrhea. In large doses, Poke Root may produce digestive issues with concomitant vomiting and diarrhea. It acts as a depressant on the respiratory and cardiac centers, and depressing the visual and auditory senses.

Known topical applications of this herb have included its use as a poultice for boils, infections, skin and breast health issues, and as a compress for mastitis. A poultice of the berries has been used on boils, skin rashes and wounds, and as a salve for bedsores, carbuncles, chickenpox, irritated skin, hemorrhoids, fever, psoriasis, and shingles.

Pokeroot (Phytolacca dicandra; Chinese shang lu) is cooling, bitter, an alterative, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antiscorbutic, antisyphilitic, cathartic, emetic, anti-septic, and toxic. It is considered a specific for all glandular derangements, including breast issues and immunity deficiencies. Because of its strong cathartic and emetic effects, certainly in its fresh state and in too large of a dose, it can be a digestive irritant. However, in the opinion of many natural health specialists, pokeroot is one of the two or three most important native herbs for improving immunity. It can be used with a broad-spectrum blood-purifying formula, such as the Hoxsey formula. The dosage for the liquid extract is no more than 5-10 drops every 3 hours.

Generally, it is best to make a syrup of fresh pokeroot, which tends to lessen stomach aches. This is made simply by adding fresh green poke root liquid extract to a base syrup or honey. The dose is five to ten drops every three hours. In 1869, Dr. Eli Jones wrote about a formula he used to help support breast health issues. It consisted of equal parts of a liquid extracts of pokeroot (only the fresh green root should be used), gentian root, and dandelion root. These were all added to a simple syrup (they could be mixed with a base of honey and glycerin). He said this was "especially useful for immune system issues in old people or patients past midlife. It keeps the stomach and bowels in a healthy condition [and it keeps up the appetite and strength." (Jones, M.D. Eli G., Immunity, Supporting (first published around 1911; reprinted in India byjain Publishers, New Delhi, India) in 1994.) The dosage for the syrup is no more than 1 teaspoon after each meal.

Dosage: Of the tea, simmer one teaspoon of the powdered or cut and dried root in a cup of water; take one mouthful several times throughout the day; of the liquid extract, take only 1-5 drops.

Poke Root is also known by the names Pigeon Berry, Red Ink Plant, Shang-lu, Congora, Coakum, Inkberry, Scoke, and Red Weed. Poke Roo is an perennial shrub which grows in damp woodlands, hedges, and waste places, especially in the South. The parts of this plant used for health benefits are the roots and the berries. The genus name Phytolacca is from the Greek "phyton," meaning "plant," and the French word "lac" in reference to the plant's ability to yield "reddish dye." The name Poke is derived from an Indian word "pocan," a name for any plant that yields a red dye, and from "pak," meaning "blood." A dye from the berries has been used as ink and paint, and for basket coloring. In fact, the United States Constitution was written in Pokeberry ink. During the presidential campaign of James Polk, his supporters wore a sprig of Poke in their lapels. At one time,

In Africa, the plant is being investigated for its ability to help control Bilharzia, an attack contracted by bathing in water containing certain snails. The primary chemical constituents of Poke Root include triterpenoid saponins, alkaloids (phytolaccine), phytolaccic acid, formic acid, lectins, tannin, protein (PAP), fatty oil, resin, and sugars. The alkaloid constituents are fundamentally nitrogen containing molecules that have a marked effect on both animal and human physiology in varying roles - from pain killer to poison. Tannins have the effect of precipitating protein molecules, producing a sort of "leather coat" on the surface of tissues. Little documented evidence exists as to the specific beneficial role of the phytolaccic acid.

Poke Root is broadly described as an alterative, purgative, and emetic. An alterative is any herb which will gradually restore the proper function of the body, and increase health and vitality. They act to alter the body's processes of metabolism so that tissues can best deal with the range of functions from nutrition to elimination. Emetics are herbs that cause vomiting through irritation of the stomach or nervous system. A purgative is an herb which has the effect of causing rapid and violent diarrhea. In large doses, Poke Root may produce digestive issues with concomitant vomiting and diarrhea. It acts as a depressant on the respiratory and cardiac centers, and depressing the visual and auditory senses.

Known topical applications of this herb have included its use as a poultice for boils, infections, skin and breast health issues, and as a compress for mastitis. A poultice of the berries has been used on boils, skin rashes and wounds, and as a salve for bedsores, carbuncles, chickenpox, hemorrhoids, fever, psoriasis, and shingles.

The bitter root and berries of poke, or pokeweed, can be used to support health. It is the lungs, the spleen, and the kidneys that receive the greatest health benefits from the root of this herb. Specifically, poke root can be used to help support blood and lymphatic purification, swollen glands, and joint pain. Concerning bodily activity, poke root may act as an alterative, an antirheumatic, an anti-inflammatory, an emetic, and a cathartic. Biochemically, the root is comprised of saponin, formic acid, tannin, fatty oil, resin, and sugar.

Poke root can be used as a disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory for a great many complaints. Highly regarded by herbalists for its effects upon the glandular system, it can be used to help support a variety of health concerns, from swollen and inflamed glands to breast cysts. It is also widely used in folk practice as an anti-inflammatory for joint pain complaints. The berries are milder in action and are used by naturopathic practitioners to help in weight loss.

For all of the above symptoms a good formula to use is equal parts dried poke root, sarsaparilla root, dandelion root, burdock root and spikenard (Aralia racemosa), ginger, and half part licorice root. Make into a standard decoction and take two or three cups daily.

Some people seem to exhibit greater sensitivity and toxic reactions to poke so the dose should be administered carefully. Characteristically these toxic reactions involve various digestive symptoms that, in a few instances, can prove fatal. It is wise to begin with a small dose and then gradually increase as tolerance permits. The vast majority of herbalists agree that the dried root, especially used in combination with other alteratives, generally exhibits no toxic properties.

Poke Root
Phytolacca americana L. (= P. decandra L.).

Family: Phytolaccaceae.

Other Names: Pokeweed; pigeinberry; inkberry; phytolaque (French); Kermesbeere (German); fitolacca, uva turca (Italian).

Description: A perennial herb of up to 3 m in height, bearing soft fleshy leaves, small greenish-white flowers and elongated clusters of dark purple berries. The plant was previously known as P. decandra. Also used traditionally are shang-lu, P. acinosa, from East Asia and soapberry or endod, P. dodecandra, from Africa.

Origin: North America; sometimes a weed of disturbed places, especially in the Mediterranean region.

Parts Used: Berries (Phytolaccae americanae fructus) and roots (Phytolaccae americariae radix).

Therapeutic Category: Traditional health (anti-inflammatory).

Uses and Properties: Roots or berries are considered to be anti-rheumatic, emetic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, purgative, immune stimulant and lymphatic system stimulant. Externally it is applied to help support inflammatory complaints and skin ailments. In homoeopathy, pokeweed is popular for helping support joint pain, mastitis, sore throat and tonsillitis. In parts of Africa, the berries of P. dodecandra, whose saponins are molluscicidal, are used as a cheap and effective measure to help control bilharzias (caused by Schistosoma species).

Preparation and Dosage: A dose of 60 - 100 mg of powdered root has been recommended, but use should be supervised by a health care professional.

Active Ingredients: Fruits contain coloured alkaloids (betacyanins) of the betalain type, such as betanidine, betanine, phytolaccine and others (formerly used to colour weak red wines). The presence of saponins in all plant parts is well known, represented by various phytolaccosides and several different triterpenoid aglycones (e.g. phytolaccagenin, or oleanolic acid and phytolaccagenic acid in the case of P. dodecandra. Furthermore, a lectin (pokeweed mitogen, PWM), an protein (pokeweed protein, PAP) and neolignans (isoamericanin A and others) are present in the roots.

Health Effects: Saponins, lignans and lectins are probably responsible for the observed anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, diuretic, molluscidal, spermicidal and abortive effects. The lectins and saponins are quite toxic, especially when applied by injection. The health properties need to be evaluated by clinical studies.

Status: Traditional health; formerly Pharm.
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