Herbs Guide

Coral root

Family Name: Orchidaceae

Botanical Name(s): Corallorhiza odontorhiza

Popular Name(s): Chicken's Toes, Crawley, Dragon's Claw, Fever Root, Scaly Dragon's Claw, Turkey Claw

Parts Used: Root

Habitat: Coral root is native to America.

Description: Coral root is a perennial plant which grows to a height of 10-20 cm. Its branched, coral-like underground rootstocks send up simple scapes with sheaths instead of leaves. The terminal racemes consist of 3 to 20 flowers. Their sepals are linear-lanceolate, 3 - 4.5 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide and the petals are oblanceolate, about 4 mm long and 1.5 mm wide.

Uses: Coral root is used as a diaphoretic, febrifuge and sedative. It cures fevers, cramps and skin diseases. Tea prepared using it can be used in insomnia. It is effective in flatulence too.