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Poke Root, Phytolacca Americana
Parts used: Root.
Constituents: Triterpenoid saponins, Alkaloids, Resins, Formic acid, Tannins, Mitogens, Lectins, Proteins. Vitamins: A, C. Minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorus, and iodine.
Actions: Lymph stimulant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-catarrhal, Alterative, Anti-rheumatic, Mitogenic, Immunostimulant, Anti-viral, Anti-fungal, Anti-parasitic.
Indications:
Tonsillitis, laryngitis, adenitis +figwort, lymphatic congestion.
Respiratory tract; Swollen glands, esp. thyroid and spleen, hyperchlorhydria, Postnasal drip.
Eczema, ulcers, dry skin, mastitis, mumps.
Rheumatism.
MAIN Thyroid herb.
Increases cell division, stimulates lymphocyte proliferation.
Ovarian cysts +thuja, calendula. Cancer of breast, throat, uterus.
Breast lumps, tumors and cancer + red clover.
Herpes simplex HSV-1 and 2, polio, mumps, influenza.
Topically: acne, mastitis, scabies, tinea, sycosis (as an ointment 4g/40g of base). Can make tea and add drops of tincture.
Herbal extract 1:5, 1-5mL per week.
Energetics: Neutral, pungent, sweet.
Meridians: liver, kidney, bladder.
Contraindications: Planning conception - may lead to foetal abnormalities, Pregnancy, Lactation, Malignancies, Stick to recommended dosage - toxic, emetic in large doses.