Pleurisy Root

What other names is Pleurisy Root known by?

Asclépiade, Asclépiade Pleurétique, Asclépiade Tubéreuse, Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Flux Root, Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow Wort, Pleurisy, Racine du Canada, Racine Colique, Racine de Flux, Racine de Tubercule, Swallow Wort, Tuber Root, Vencetósigo, White Root, Wind Root.

What is Pleurisy Root?

Pleurisy is a plant. The root is used as medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, pleurisy root is used for coughs, swelling of the lining of the lungs (pleurisy), swelling of the air sacs in the lungs (pneumonitis), swelling of the airways (bronchitis), influenza, and swine flu. It is also used to treat disorders of the uterus, muscle spasms, and pain; to loosen mucus so it can be coughed up; and to promote sweating.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Coughs.
  • Lung inflammation (pleurisy and pneumonitis).
  • Bronchitis.
  • Influenza.
  • Disorders of the uterus.
  • Pain.
  • Spasms.
  • Promoting sweating.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pleurisy root 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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