Also Called: Butterfly Weed, Wind Root, Canada Root, Silkweed, Orange Swallow Wort, Tuber Root, White Root, Flux Root, Asclepias
Poisonous in large quantities.
Pleurisy root is a bitter, nutty-flavoured tonic herb that increases perspiration, relieves spasms and acts as an expectorant.
Its main use in present day herbalism is for relieving the pain and inflammation of pleurisy.
The root is antispasmodic, carminative, mildly cathartic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, tonic and vasodilator.
It has also been used internally with great advantage in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, rheumatism etc.
A poultice of the dried, powdered roots is used in the treatment of swellings, bruises, wounds, ulcers, lameness etc.