Snakeroot Aristolochia spp
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Snakeroot
How to Use: Snakeroot
Snakeroot has been cultivated for medicinal use since the at least the middle ages when it was used as a birthing herb. It was also used in early America in adjunct to quinine to promote perspiration and break fevers, and treat snakebites.. Members of the Aristolochia spp have recently been implicated in cases of kidney failure in China. As snakeroot is toxic in large doses,it is not recommended for use.3
See Also: Black cohosh, (Cimicifuga racemosa), is commonly called Black Snake Root and is widely used in herbal medicine for women. Canadian Wild ginger ( Asarum canadense) is a native American plant that also shares the common name of snakeroot.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Tincture. No longer used in herbal medicine, but you can find recipes for use in dated from the 1800s.
How to Grow Snakeroot
Virginina Snakeroot - Aristolochia serpentaria is on the United Plant Savers "At Risk" list. Wildcraft this plant responsibly.
Many species of Aristolochia have been employed in medicine, the classical name being first applied to A. Clematitis and A. rotunda, from their supposed emmenagogue properties. A. Clematitis, or Birthwort, is found in England, usually near old ruins, as if it had been cultivated for its medical use, as an aid to parturition.
A. serpentaria and A. reticulata, or Texas Snakeroot, differ slightly in leaves and flowers, the latter having a slightly coarser root.
The genus Ageratina used to belong to the related genus Eupatorium, but it has been reclassified.. 1
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