Pleurisy Root: A Practical Remedy For Respiratory Disorders

Pleurisy root (scientific name: Asclepias tuberosa), is a type of milkweed that usually grown in country gardens throughout the Eastern Area of North America.

The deep yellow and orange flowers are pretty attractive so these plants can also be used for decorative purposes. However, the ‘soul’ of the plant lies on its root. It is now used all over the world because of its roots’ medicinal properties. The roots are processed into various forms: dried, powdered, or incorporated in supplements to treat infections, respiratory ailments, and other conditions.

Moreover, its different parts, such as the seeds, premature shoots, buds, and even the stem are edible. The fibers from the plant are also utilized in making fabrics, threads, or ropes.

The dried fruit is commercially available in cut pieces of variable sizes. These are used in making teas and brews whereas the broken pieces are boiled. Meanwhile, the powdered form is easier to prepare as it only needs to be dissolved in water. The powder can also be transformed into paste and used to treat to wounds and prevent infections.

Many insects are attracted to the plant’s flowers, specifically monarch butterflies. That is why it is also referred to as the Butterfly weed. Pleurisy root is also called Wind root, Canada root, White root and Flux root. It is also referred to as Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow Wort, Racine Colique, and Racine de Flux.

Benefits:

Pleurisy root is one of the most widely used herbs in treating a variety of diseases. It can also help provide relief for a various conditions. These uses and benefits are listed below:

  • helps treat pleurisy, pneumonia, pulmonary catarrh and bronchitis
  • subdues lung inflammations
  • loosens phlegm and expels mucus
  • relieves and prevents muscle spasms
  • acts as diaphoretic
  • can be used as tonic
  • treats flatulence
  • can also act as laxative
  • helps provide relief for indigestion
  • is used to treat diarrhea
  • can act as purgative
  • treats dysentery
  • relieves chest pains
  • treats both acute and chronic rheumatism.
  • is useful in managing eczema

As what can be garnered from the list, pleurisy root is an essential herbal remedy for the treatment and management of different respiratory diseases and other few conditions. In fact, it is popular today primarily because of its ability to treat the pulmonary condition Pleurisy, which is characterized by swollen lung membranes. This is why this plant was named so. Pleurisy root lessens the pain and relieves the difficulty of breathing that is caused by Pleurisy. Apart from this, it has also been proven to be useful in treating Bronchitis as it loosens bronchial secretions. It also prevents other types of respiratory infections like Pneumonia.

This herb likewise assists in the expectoration on the lungs, or the elimination of mucus and phlegm from the respiratory passages. It can also be used as a tonic for relieving chest pains and as antispasmodic for preventing muscle spasms.

Lastly, Pleurisy root is recommended as diaphoretic wherein it is used in producing sweats in fevers. Moreover, this herb is used to treat irregular bowel movements; it also removes gas formation in the alimentary tract.

If you want to opt for natural remedies before trying pharmaceuticals, Pleurisy root can help. It is safer to use and can be readily bought.

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