Pleurisy root herb is also commonly known as butterfly weed, flux root, Canada root, tuber root, wind root, white root as well as orange milkweed.
Pleurisy Root Herb – An Overview
Pleurisy root herb is a plant which is perennial in nature and is native to America and Canada. This plant produces flowers that are yellow and orange in color. Pleurisy root herb is found growing in dry fields as well as sandy soil. More commonly found growing in Northern Mexico, Arizona and Minnesota. Pleurisy root herb grows up to one foot tall. The flowering season of this plant is June till September and it produces edible pods of seeds. Native Americans used this herb for the treatment of pleurisy hence it was named after the disease it was used to cure. Only the root of this plant is used to cure and heal disorders. The root of Pleurisy is brown and gray in color and shaped like a spindle. The flowers of Pleurisy Root are hermaphrodite.
Pleurisy root herb has properties which are found to effectively cure many disorders such as respiratory problems, excessive inflammation, provides relief in spasms associated with the airway, increase healthy perspiration and also help remove the blockages from the air passages of secretions. It is an effective cure for uterine disorders.
The chief properties of Pleurisy Root Herb are:
1. It is Anti-Spasmodic.
2. It is Antispasmodic
3. It is Diaphoretic.
4. It is Carminative.
5. It is Anti-Inflammatory.
6. It is Relaxing Expectorant
7. It is Diuretic
The Uses and benefits of Pleurisy Root Herb
Pleurisy root herb is used to treat problems associated with the respiratory system such as chest congestion as well as bronchitis. This herb is also used to cure influenza, pleurisy and pneumonia.
The tonic prepared from the roots of this plant is bitter and nutty in taste and it helps in stimulating healthy perspiration, providing relief in spasms and also acts as an expectorant. It is commonly used to ease pain and swelling associated with pleurisy.
Pleurisy root herb contain many healing properties such as antispasmodic, slightly cathartic, expectorant, diuretic, antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic which makes it a very important herb for healing. This herb is very commonly used to treat lung disorders. It is found to be extremely helpful in treating lung infections, flu, fever, as well as cough.
This root is also beneficial in curing diarrhea, dysentery as well as rheumatism when taken orally. This herb is also used to get rid of warts when applied externally on the skin. This herb is also helpful in treating irregular menstrual cycle in women when taken internally.
Some of the side effects of Pleurisy Root Herb are:
Too much of anything good may also be bad. Hence, excessive intake of Pleurisy root herb may prove to be toxic and cause side effects. Limit the dosage to one tablespoon at one time. Excessive intake may cause nausea, diarrhea, inconsistent heartbeat, intestinal cramps as well as vomiting. In extreme cases death may be caused due to heart failure or respiratory paralysis.
This herb is not recommended for pregnant mothers or lactating mothers. If need be then you must consult a physician or herbal expert before taking this herb.
What is the recommended dosage of Pleurisy root herb:
You can have one to four ml of liquid extract in water about three times in a day.
You can have it in the form of infusion. Take a cup of hot water and about about 1 teaspoon of herb to it. Let it stay for ten minutes, strain and drink. Can have it two – three times in a day.