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Veratrum album

Latin Name: Veratrum album 

Common name: American hellebore

Family: Liliaceae

Parts used: Root

Constituents: Alkaloids

Medicinal actions: Emetic, diaphoretic, sedative.

Medicinal use: Fevers, hypertension, topically for itching and pain.


  • Alkaloids have hypertensive properties and seem to significantly influence arterial pressure responses, decrease mean aortic pressure, cause renal, femoral and mesenteric vasodilation, and decrease the heart rate.


  • Powder: 6mg is the maximum dose

Toxicity: Highly poisonous if maximum dose exceeded.

Contraindications: None known.

Interactions: None known.


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