Pleurisy root can become a purgative if taken in large doses


Pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa) medicinal herb is known by the following common names, Butterfly weed, Wind root, Canada root, Silk weed, Orange swallow wort, Milkweed, Tuber root, White root, Flux root as well as Asclepias tuberosa. 

The main part used as herbal medicine is the root or rhizome and  pleurisy is a perennial plant of the Asclepiadaceae family.

It is native to Canada, North America, South America and Africa. The medicinal properties are expectorant, carminative, diuretic, diaphoretic, relaxant, and antispasmodic. Some of its constituents are cardenolides and flavonoids.

Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees as well as various other insects are attracted to this medicinal plant. Butterflies are attracted to its lovely and bright color and of course the abundance amount of nectar it possesses.

Health Benefits of pleurisy root

The root is very vital in the cases of pain, especially in the chest and lungs. Many individuals see it as the chest pain remedy.

The name suggests that it is solely for the sake of pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs.  The pleura which results in sharp pains in the chest whenever a person takes a breath as well as cough.

This herbal root is the health benefit and alternative medicine to remedy these pains associated with this condition.

It will alleviate the pains and makes breathing easier and less labored as well as it will break up colds, treat asthma and all bronchial and respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. 

The native Americans utilized it for pulmonary conditions.

It is an herbal remedy for almost all fever that you can think about. For women's complaint it is very useful for suppressed menstruation as well as pains associated with the menstrual period.

Therefore, it should benefit women who suffer every month with these conditions.

It does not only deal with specific conditions of the lungs and chest, but it is a natural remedy to cure diarrhea, and chronic rheumatism, measles, headaches associated with improper digestion and dysentery.

Pleurisy tea

Steep a teaspoonful of the powdered herb in a cup of boiling water for forty minutes. Then strain and consume two tablespoonfuls of the tea every two hours for the above conditions.


Avoid it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  Also, if you trouble with heart conditions or taking heart medication, refrain from using pleurisy root.

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Updated March 10, 2020


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