American Spikenard

What other names is American Spikenard known by?

Anis Sauvage, Aralia à Grappes, Aralia racemosa, Aralie Épineuse, Aralie à Grappes, Espinardo Americano, Grande Salsepareille, Indian Root, Life-of-Man, Life of Man, Old Man's Root, Pettymorell, Salsepareille d'Amérique, Spignet, Small Spikenard, Spikenard.

What is American Spikenard?

American spikenard is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take American spikenard for colds, chronic coughs, asthma, and arthritis. It is also used to loosen chest congestion, boost tissue regrowth, and promote sweating.

Some people apply American spikenard directly to the skin as an alternative to sarsaparilla for treating skin diseases.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Colds.
  • Coughs.
  • Asthma.
  • Arthritis.
  • Promoting sweating.
  • Skin diseases, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American spikenard for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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