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Nature's Temple / Pleurisy Root

Pleurisy Root

(Asclepius tuberosa)

Parts Used:  Rhizome

Active Constituents:

Cardiac glycosides including aslepiadin and asclepioside.  Also tannins, flavonoids and traces of nicotine, essential oil.

Main Actions:

  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Expectorant (encourages the expulsion of phlegm from the chest)
  • Diaphoretic (encourages sweating to reduce fevers)
  • Cardiotonic (tonic for the heart)
  • Carminative

Major Safety Issues:

  • Should not be used during pregnancy
  • Excessive doses may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, depression of the central nervous system, ataxia, anorexia, seizures and kidney and liver damage.
  • Symptoms of poisoning can occur several hours after ingestion.
  • Due to the presence of cardioactive glycosides, overuse of the plant may cause death through heart failure.
  • Only use under strict practitioner supervision.