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Pleurisy Root

Also indexed as:Asclepias tuberosa
Pleurisy Root: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Asclepias tuberosa

Parts Used & Where Grown

As its common name indicates, the root of pleurisy root is used as medicine. This brilliant-orange-flowered herb is native to and continues to grow primarily in the southwestern and midwestern United States. Many plants similar to pleurisy root are known as milkweeds because they produce a milky sap--something pleurisy root does not do.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Bronchitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Pleurisy root is traditionally used to loosen bronchial secretions and is thought to be helpful against all types of respiratory infections.
Pleurisy
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Pleurisy root has a history of use internally as a remedy for lung infections and other problems, such as pleurisy and pneumonia.
Pneumonia
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Pleurisy root has a history of use internally as a remedy for lung infections and other problems, such as pneumonia and pleurisy.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Pleurisy root was used by Native American tribes both internally as a remedy for pulmonary infections and topically to treat wounds.1 The Eclectic physicians seized upon these ideas and continued to use the plant primarily for lung problems such as pleurisy and pneumonia. It was also used as a diaphoretic (a substance that causes sweating) for all manner of infections.2 Pleurisy root was an official medicine in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1905.3

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