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Herb Information
Name: Pleurisy Root
Biological Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepiadaceae

Other Names: Pleurisy Root, Butterfly Weed, wind root, Canada root, silkweed, orange swallow wort, tuber root, white root, flux root, asclepias
Parts Used: Rhizome
Active Compounds:
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Cardenolides, including asclepiadin

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Flavonoids; rutin, kaempferol, quercitin and isorhamnetin

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Miscellaneous; friedalin, a-and b-amyrin, lupeol, viburnitol, choline sugars.

Remedies For

Diaphoretic, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, carminative, anti-inflammatory.

Pleurisy Root is effective against respiratory infections where it reduces inflammations and assists expectoration. It can be used in the treatment of bronchitis and other chest condition. Highly valued in the treatment of pleurisy and pneumonia. Also used for influenza.

Dosage: 

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 1/2-1 teaspoonful of the herb and let infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: take l-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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