Pleurisy Root - Uses and Benefits
Alternative Names:Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Flux Root, Swallow-Wort, Tuber Root, White Root, Wind Root, Orange Milkweed plant
Pleurisy Root is a perennial plant which belongs to America and Canada that produces deep yellow and orange flowers & are generally found in dry fields and sandy soils along the east coast and westwards to Minnesota, Arizona and northern Mexico. Pleurisy Root generally grow to about a 1 foot in height. It flowers in June to September, and produce long, edible seed pods. Pleurisy Root gets its name from its use as a remedy for pleurisy by the Native Americans. Only the root is used medicinally. Its root is gray-brown and spindle-shaped with a knotty crown. Pleurisy Root flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects, Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Pleurisy Root is said to be an effective treatment for a many respiratory disorders due to its ability to decrease inflammation, relieve spasms in the airways, promote perspiration, and help clear the air passages of secretions. It is very good for the treatment of uterine disorders.
Uses and Benefits
Pleurisy root can be used in the problems of bronchitis and other chest condition. It is also used in the treatment of pleurisy , pneumonia & influenza .
Its a bitter, nutty-flavoured tonic plant that increases perspiration, relieves spasms and works as an expectorant .It is mainly use for relieving the pain and inflammation of pleurisy
The root contain antispasmodic, carminative, mildly cathartic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, tonic and vasodilator properties & very popular as a medicinal herb for the treatment of a various kind of lung diseases.It give great advantage to treat lung infections, cough, fever, and the flu.
It give great benefit in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery & rheumatism if taken internally. It is also used to remove warts on skins when applied externally. It can also be used to treat menstrual cycle (monthly period) problems when taken by mouth.
Excess doses (1 tablespoon or more of the root at one time) of Pleurisy Root can be highly toxic & show adverse effects. Symptoms of excess intake are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal cramping, and irregular heartbeat. Death can possible from respiratory paralysis or heart failure.
Pleurisy root may show the symptoms of toxicity from digoxin, a medication often used to cure heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Its side effects are changes in vision, heart rhythm changes, nausea,drowsiness and vomiting.
Its not recommended for pregnant women & breast feeding mothers.
Liquid extract :
Doses of 1 to 4 ml (20 to 80 drops) in water, Three times daily by mouth.
Take a cup of boiling water onto l/2-l teaspoonful of the herb and let infuse for l0-l5 minutes. Should use 3times a day.
If pleurisy root is taken with drugs for heartbeat irregularities or with hormonal medications like digoxin or with herbals that have dioxin-like activity at the same time affect the heart, & may cause dangerous changes in heart function. Some herbal products with heart effects are: European Mistletoe ,Ginger (in large doses) ,Hawthorn,Motherwort ,Panax Ginseng ,Squill .
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