Coral root

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Biological Name: Corallorhiza odontorhizaCoral root

Other Names: dragon’s claw, turkey claw, Coral root, scaly dragon’s claw, Chicken’s toes, fever root, crawley

Elements Applied: Roots are commonly applied in herbal medicine

Used For: The herb is used to induce perspiration, treat fevers, and calm the nervous system.

Coral root is considered to be beneficial for skin conditions, pains, and fevers. Due to its shortage, the remedy is commonly mixed with other components. As tea it can be applied both topically and orally. To relieve sleeplessness tea is drunk before night sleep.

Additional Info: Coral root is indigenous to America and belongs to perennials. It is found near tree roots in dry forests of the US. The stem is branchy, brown-colored, having coral-resembling rhizomes which produce sheaths and feature racemes at the top which have from 3 to 20 flowers. The flowers are purple or red-colored at the outer surface, being less expressed at the lower side and bearing purple lines. The blossoming period starts at the end of summer and ends in late autumn.

Preparation and Intake: To make an infusion, take a teaspoon of rhizome for a cup of boiling water, and infuse it. Drink it warm or cool, at a dose of 1-2 cups per day.

In form of tincture the herb is used at a dose of 10-20 drops.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level. It is possible that the plant interacts with the medicine you use. Don’t take the remedy before speaking to your health-care provider.