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Pokeweed Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Pokeweed, American Pokeweed
Botanical Name
Phytolacca Americana
Chinese Name
Shang Lu
Homeopathic Name
Phtolacca Decandra   -   Mother Tincture

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Pokeweed Cures

Most Effective

Breast Tumor

Highly Effective


Action of Pokeweed

Most Effective

Nutrients in Pokeweed

Combines With

Taste of

Nature of


Parts Used

Leaves, Fruit, Root, Young Shoots, Berries

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Pokeweed

Avoid use during Pregnancy as it may cause Birth Defects.
It may cause Vomiting and Diarrhea.
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Phytolacca Americana is a plant.
It is perennial.
It grows in a tropical climate.
It grows up to 3 M.
It belongs to Phytolaccaceae family.
Best used for Breast Diseases.

In TCM :
Phytolacca Americana Root : Shang Lu

Meridians Associated : Spleen, Urinary Bladder, Large Intestine and Kidney.
Cancer Treatment : Useful in treating Breast Cancer, Lungs Cancer and Cancer of Lymph Nodes.

Phytolacca Acinosa and Phytolacca Americana are related species and can be referred as Shang Lu in common.

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Materia Medica for Pokeweed

Pokeweed General

Pokeweed is one of the best herb in treating Scalp associated troubles like Favus, Sycosis, and Tinea Capitis.
It counters Headache.
It is potent in alleviating Conjunctivitis.
It curbs Stomatitis.
It relieves Throat disorders namely Adenitis, Throat irritation, Tonsils, and Mumps.
Pokeweed is a good herbal remedy for Breast ailments namely Mastitis. It eradicates Lumps and Tumors formed in the Breast. It cures the puffiness of the Lymph Nodes.
It ceases Cancer.
It helps in overcoming the complaint of Obesity i.e. Over Weight.
It is favorable in countering Respiratory discomforts as a result of Flu and Cold.
Pokeweed is a good herbal cure for Skin complaints namely Eczema, Acne, Scabies, Boils, and Psoriasis.
It counteracts Back Pain.
Its root and leaves mitigate Joint inflammation as a result of Arthritis and Rheumatism.
It heals Sprain and Bruises rapidly.
Pokeweed counters Constipation.
It treats Orchitis i.e. inflammation of the Testicles.
It is a valuable treatment for Ovary inflammation.
It curbs Leucorrhoea.
It treats Syphilis, which is transmitted at the time of intercourse.
It counteracts Piles.
It combats Lymphedema.
Caution : Consult a doctor before consuming it. Not recommended for Pregnant and Nursing women.
Methods of Administration. How to take
Tincture. The best and the most potent method of consuming Pokeweed is to Tincture it.
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Decoction: Make a tea.
Put l/2 teaspoonful of the powdered root in a cup of water. Boil it. Simmer for l0 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Single Herb

Pokeweed for Eczema

Pokeweed is considered to be an effective remedy in treating Eczema.
Take dried root of Pokeweed. Grind to make powder. Add water to make a paste. Apply it over the affected skin. When dry, wash with normal water.
OR : Put 5 to 8 drops of Pokeweed tincture in half cup of warm water. Dip a soft cloth in water and squeeze slightly. Place it over the affected part. Repeat the process till the water cools down. It soothes the affected skin.

Pokeweed for Arthritis

Use herb poultice topically for treating weak bones and joints.

Pokeweed for Abscess

Ground the dried root with table salt and applied on the infected skin. Use the powder thrice a day.

Pokeweed for Swelling

Prepare a lotion by diluting the tincture or by mixing the dried root powder in some water. This lotion can be applied to Swellings as a topical remedy.

Pokeweed for Breast Diseases

Massage gently with Pokeweed oil on the Breast.
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Herbal Treatment For Elephantiasis 1

Make a concoction of Cleavers leaves, Yellow Dock root, Pokeweed root, Echinacea root, Blue Flag root and Marigold ( Gendha ) flower. Take twice a day.
Caution :
Excess use may cause toxicity.
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