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POKEWEED
(Phytolacca americana)

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POKEWEED (Phytolacca americana)

Pokeweed

DESCRIPTION: A native plant that grows up to 8 feet tall and native to the Eastern United States this plant is also known as milkweed due to . It’s a major pest species to farmers and very toxic to humans. This perennial produces a root that is large and fleshy with a hollow stem. The young shoots make good substitute for asparagus. The fruit is a deep purple berry, covering the stem in clusters and resembling blackberries.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Used as a dietary supplement to treat mumps, arthritis and other skin condition.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: The root is very toxic so use in extreme moderation or under doctor’s care.

PARTS USED: Tincture of the root

GENERAL USAGE: Emetic and purgative with narcotic properties. Antibacterial, anticancer, anti rheumatic, immunostimulant, and a skin tonic.

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