Pleurisy Root

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Biological Name: Asclepias tuberosapleurisy-root

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Other Names: asclepias, Pleurisy Root, flux root, Butterfly Weed, white root, wind root, tuber root, Canada root, orange swallow wort, silkweed

Elements Applied: The rhizome is commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components:

  • Flavonoids; isorhamnetin, quercitin, kaempferol, and rutin;
  • Cardenolides, like asclepiadin
  • Other: choline sugars, viburnitol, friedalin, lupeol, and a-and b-amyrin.

Used For: The remedy is applied for boosting perspiration, reducing spasms, treating flatulence, decreasing inflammations, and fighting coughs.

Pleurisy Root provides great aid in treating respiratory system diseases, eliminating inflammations and boosting mucus movement. Applied as a treatment from bronchitis and different lung diseases, like pneumonia, pleurisy. Highly effective as a remedy for flu.

Preparation and Intake: If used in form of infusion, half a teaspoon is taken and mixed in a glass of water, then boiled and kept hot for 15 minutes. The result is filtered and taken thrice a day.

In form of a tincture pleurisy root is applied in a dose of 1-2 ml thrice per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level. Still, there is a possibility of interaction with chemical remedies. Don’t use the herb before having a consultation with your health-care provider.