Preparation Methods & Dosage :Decoctions of the root bark, tinctures and sometimes found in capsule form
The healing uses of the plant were known to the native tribes of North America who used it to treat skin cancers, skin lesions, and venereal sores. The root is an astringent, expectorant and antispasmodic. It is used by modern herbalists in the treatment of complaints such as asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. It has proven useful in mouthwashes to relieve sore throat and to help reduce dental plaque. 1
Dried leaves were used as a tea substitute, in the American Revolutionary War times, hence the common name "New Jersey Tea", but it is the root that has been used for medicine by herbalists in China, Russia and North Americas.