Herbs Guide

Pleurisy Root

Family Name: N.O. Asclepiadaceae

Botanical Name(s): Asclepias tuberosa

Popular Name(s): Butterfly-weed, Swallow-wort, Tuber Root, Wind Root, Orange Milkweed

Parts Used: Root

Habitat: Pleurisy Root is found in North America.

Description: Pleurisy Root is a perennial plant which grows to a height of 1 -2 feet. The leaves are spirally arranged, lanceolate with a length of 5-12 cm and breadth of 2-3 cm. The plant bears clustered orange or yellow flowers. The rootstock is spindle-shaped, has a knotty crown and is slightly but distinctly annulated.

Uses: Pleurisy Root has antispasmodic, diaphoretic, expectorant and carminative properties. It possesses a specific action on the lungs and is effective in all chest complaints. It mitigates the pain and relieves the difficulty of breathing. It is used to cure diarrhoea, dysentery and acute and chronic rheumatism.