Latin Name: Asclepius tuberosa
Common name: Pleurisy root
Parts used: Root
Constituents: Flavonoids (rutin, kaempferol, quercetin, isorhamnetin), volatile oil.
Medicinal actions: Expectorant, tonic, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, vasodilator.
Medicinal use: Chronic lung afflictions, acutely for influenza (most useful if given at the earliest stages of the condition), pneumonia, bronchitis, and intercostal diseases.
- Flavonoids rutin and quercetin are cardioactive steroids.
- Tincture: 1-4 ml (1:5), TID
- Decoction: 1/2-1 tsp per cup; 1 cup, TID
Toxicity: None known with recommended dose.
Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Interactions: None known.