From early days, Pleurisy Root has been regarded as a valuable medicinal plant used in cases of high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and bad circulation. It has been used in the treatment of various chest complaints such as cough, pneumonia, bronchial catarrh, pleurisy and difficulty of breathing.

It has also been employed to help relieve rheumatism, diarrhea, dysentery and fever. Externally it is said to help remove warts and to promote perspiration of poisons.

Common Names: Pleurisy Root, Canada Root, White Root, Asclepias.
Parts Used: Rhizome.



Side effects

May be toxic if taken in large doses. Great care should be taken when using this plant.


For circulation, 10 to 40 drops after meals. For lung congestion, children, 1 to 5 drops every one to two hours, while awake, on the tongue and/or applied in sufficient quantity to cover chest and back; adults, 10 to 40 drops on or under the tongue every hour while awake and apply in sufficient quantity to cover chest and back. Wrap up warm to help sweat it out.

References: TALALAJ, S. & Dr. A.S., CZECHOWICZ, Herbal remedies harmful and beneficial effects, Hill of Content, Melbourne, 1989. HOWARD, Dr. A. B., Herbal Extracts Supplement, First Edition, The Blue Goose Press, Michigan, 1985.