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Phytolacca americana

Common Name(s)

Poke, Poke Root

Botanical Name

Phytolacca americana

Part Used



  • Lymphatic Stimulant: Used to support the lymphatic system. It helps stimulate lymphatic flow, great for conditions involving swollen lymph nodes, such as tonsillitis and lymphatic congestion.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Contains anti-inflammatory properties, used to relieve inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Analgesic and Diuretic: May help alleviate pain and encourages urination, respectively.
  • Immune System and Respiratory Support: Has immune-stimulating properties and used for respiratory issues (bronchitis and coughs)

          Medicinal Uses

          • Lymphatic Support: Traditionally used to help with swollen lymph nodes, lymphatic congestion and other lymphatic issues.
          • Respiratory Issues: It has been used as a remedy for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and tonsillitis. Infusions or decoctions of poke root were sometimes taken to ease throat and respiratory discomfort.
          • Topical Pain Relief and Skin Condition: Applied externally for pain relief (joint pain, rheumatism) and help treat skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections).

                      NOTE: Please be aware that the use of poke root for medicinal purposes is not recommended without the guidance of a trained herbalist or healthcare provider. Poke root can be toxic when not prepared and used properly, and its safety and efficacy are subjects of debate in modern herbal medicine. It's essential to exercise caution and consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies.

                        Safety and Cautions

                        • High Toxicity: Poke plant are toxic and should not be ingested without proper preparation. Only experienced herbalists should work with Poke.
                        • Emetic: Ingesting Poke in even small amounts can induce vomiting, severe diarrhea.
                        • Topical Use Only: If used, it should be applied externally only in very diluted forms.
                        • NOT Recommended during Pregnancy and if nursing.

                          NOTE: Due to its potential toxicity and limited therapeutic applications, poke root is not commonly used in modern herbal medicine. It's crucial to exercise extreme caution when considering the use of poke root and to consult with a knowledgeable practitioner for guidance on its safe use, if at all.

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