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POKE ROOT

(Phytolacca americana)


Has a great variety of uses, but needs to be used in a precise manner as it is very potent and small doses are called for. Workds best when blended with other herbs.

PROPERTIES: anodyne, cathartic, antirheumatic, emetic, purgative in large doses

Poke Root (Phytolacca americana)
· has laxative properties; can help reduce pain; reduces inflammation
· effective in treatment of rheumatism and arthritis; helps combat skin parasites and diseases
· chronic respiratory catarrh, tonsillitis, adenoids, mastitis, mumps
· treats abscesses such as boils and sores
· especially good for dissolving tumors by cleansing the tissues through the blood, vascular and lymphatic systems
· has been used to treat some venereal diseases
· cleanses the lymphatic system and works as a stimulant for the body to help remove collected waste in the tissues throughout the body

EXTERNALLY:
· as a poultice in mammary abscesses and mastitis, scabies, tinea, sycosis, and acne

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: should be used as directed by a qualified professional practitioner.
Tincture - Spray:
3-6 pumps three times daily.
Extract: ½ tsp 3 times daily.
May be combined with Guaiacum and Prickly ash in rheumatic conditions and with Myrrh resin and Echinacea in tonsilitis and with Cleavers and Iris in lymphadentis.
CONTRA INDICATIONS: Fresh plant is poisonous.

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.