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POKE ROOT

(Phytolacca Decandra, Phytolacca Americana)





  • Poke Root Description
  • Poke Root Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Poke Root Dosage Information
  • Poke Root Safety & Interaction Information
  • Poke Root Herbal Oil & Herbal Products




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    POKE ROOT DESCRIPTION

    The Poke Plant (Phytolacca decandra, Phytolacca americana) is an herbaceous perennial. The plant dies back to the roots each winter. It can reach a height of 4 to 10 feet. The stem is often red as the plant matures. Upright, erect central stem early in the season changing to a spreading, horizontal form later in the season with the weight of the berries. The berries are bright red to purplish. The root is large, fleshy, with papery skin. The fresh root is gathered in the Autumn and made into tinctures for medicinal use. The leaves are dark green on the purplish red stem. It prefers light, rich soils and flowers throughout the summer months. It is native to North America.

    Poke root stimulates metabolism and acts as a detoxifier. It is best called an alterative, purgative, and emetic that restores the proper function of the body and increases health and vitality. Poke root acts as a depressant on the respiratory and cardiac centers, as well as depressing the visual and auditory senses.





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    POKE ROOT USES, HEALTH BENEFITS, & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Poke root can be used to treat chronic rheumatism, conjunctivitis, and the lymphatic system. Poke Root is a lymphatic cleanser and is used for swollen glands, tonsilitis, mumps, and strep throat. As a topical, this root is used on various skin disorders and should be used only by those very experienced with herbal medicine.

    Poke root oil and tinctures are often used in conjunction with other anti-cancer treatments and cleansing programs for a wide range of health issues. especially cancer of the breast. Use of Poke root to treat serious conditions such as lymphedema, testicular inflammation, ovarian pain, or as alternative for cancer, should be medically supervised.

    Preliminary research indicate Poke root has the effect of boosting the immune system through its interaction with the proliferation of T-cells.

    Also, though there is no evidence to support its effectiveness, Poke root poultices and Poke root applied as an oil are used to treat mastitis, sore breasts or swollen lymph nodes. Although an old remedy for treating breast inflammation, clearing breast lumps and lymph congestion in the neck and breast, it should be used sparingly.

    Poke root is traditionally used in Chinese medicine for water retention, sore throat, and abscesses.

    HISTORIC USES

    The uses of Poke root were handed down to European settlers by the Native Americans who valued the plant as an emetic, and as a remedy in gonorrhea and syphilitic rheumatism. Early American medical practitioners used the root in ointments for the cure of many skin diseases, most notably eczema, psoriasis, capitis and tinea cinata. The tincture made from the berries was found to be curative of gonorrheal and syphilitic rheumatism as well as non-specific forms. Also it was used as a stimulant vulnerary for syphilitic ulcers, as a softening applications in mastitis, as well as scrofulous swellings of the glands.





    POKE ROOT DOSAGE INFORMATION

    It is important to read and follow product label directions before using Poke root, and in many cases, it would probably be best to consult with your health care provider for the treatment of your condition.

    Usually used as a tincture in a dosage of one drop per day up to 10 to 15 drops 3 to 4 times daily (follow your health care provider's advice about appropriate dosages for your particular situation - Do not simply self-medicate without consultation). Do not overdose. The tincture can cause nausea and vomiting (slow acting) in susceptible individuals when more than 15 drops are used. Poke root is for short-term use only (no more that a few weeks) or should not be used by people with immune suppression or auto immune conditions. Most often found in topical applications like creams, ointments and oils and also in tincture, homeopathic, tablet and bulk herb forms.

    MAKING POKE ROOT INFUSED OIL

    Makine Poke Root Oil: Poke root oil is made by grinding up fresh Poke root (it can easily be cultivated in the garden, but wear gloves when handling the fresh root pulp) in Olive oil and infusing for 2 weels. then pressing and filtering. Bottle the oil for future use and store in a cool place. The tincture and the oil lose their potency after 6 months or a year. Poke root has a bitter, acrid taste and a temperature of Cold.





    POKE ROOT SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    Poke root use is rooted in the folklore of the American Indian and early settlers and is a staple of poor country folk in the South. This does not mean that Poke root is a safe herb, it certainly is not for the amateur herbalist. Poke root can be toxic when taken in large doses and can result in gastro enteritis, vomiting and diarrhea. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid Poke Root. Keep out of children's reach.

    Poke root use should only be used by those who are very knowledgable in the use of herbal medicine. Traditionally Poke Root oil has been applied locally to ease inflamed or swollen breast tissue. Do not apply Poke Root oil to broken skin. If a rash occurs, dilute with olive oil and reduce applications to once daily or discontinue use. Whenever you have a question about breast health or swollen lymph nodes, consult your health care practitioner.

    Several toxins have been identified in species of Phytolacca, usually concentrated in the roots, and the tender young shoots must be boiled two to three times, discarding the water after each, to make them safer for consumption. Many authorities advise against eating Poke root even after boiling three times as traces of toxin may still remain. The seeds of the berries are toxic, and the berry juice has been used in folklore as an arthritis cure.





    POKE ROOT HERBAL & OIL PRODUCTS

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    POKE ROOT HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Poke Root is usually used in combination with other herbs to cleanse the lymph. Use externally for skin infections, scabies, eczema, parasites, and other skin problems. Poke Root is a pain reliever and cathartic. It should not be used more than one gram per day. When used in its higher dosage amounts, it acts as an emetic and a cathartic. Externally it can be used for scabies, eczema, skin infections and parasites, breast tumors, caked breasts, abscesses, and fungal infections. To make a poultice for breast tumors and caked breasts, mix the root powder with slippery elm and water, keeping the poultice on for three days and moistened. Change the poultice every three days. It can also be used as a spring tonic, high in minerals, by using the young shoots as a pot-herb, boiling them in at least two changes of water. CAUTION: This plant is extremely potent and poisonous if not used appropriately. Suggested Dosage or Use: Use 2 to 5 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Poke Root (Phytolacca Americana), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
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    Poke Root Herbal Oil is solar infused in a window on site using certified organic Poke root (Phytolacca americana), organic Olive oil and a pinch of Vitamin E oil. Poke Root oil has long been a powerful herbal ally for women's health and has traditionally been used for mastitis, breast lumps, and to support breast health.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Poke Root, Cut & Sifted, Wildcrafted, 1 lb.
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    AMAZON PRODUCTS

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    Amazon: Poke Root Oil Blend, WiseWays Herbals, 1 fl. oz
    A blend of herbs and oils to soothe and support healthy skin. For external use only. Place directly on skin or soak into a natural fiber cloth, apply and cover. Leave on for a minimum of 1 hour. Repeat daily. Contains Olive oil extracts of organic Poke root, Violet leaves, Walnut hulls, Red Clover flowers, Chaparral leaves, Pau D'Arco bark, Comfrey root and Castor oil.


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    POKE ROOT HERBAL OIL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Poke Root Herbal Oil, Certified Organic Herbal Oils
    Poke Root Herbal Oil is solar infused in a window on site using certified organic Poke root (Phytolacca americana), organic Olive oil and a pinch of Vitamin E oil. Poke Root oil has long been a powerful herbal ally for women's health and has traditionally been used for mastitis, breast lumps, and to support breast health.


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Poke Root Herbal Supplement Products
    Amazon: Poke Root Oil Blend, WiseWays Herbals, 1 fl. oz
    A blend of herbs and oils to soothe and support healthy skin. For external use only. Place directly on skin or soak into a natural fiber cloth, apply and cover. Leave on for a minimum of 1 hour. Repeat daily. Contains Olive oil extracts of organic Poke root, Violet leaves, Walnut hulls, Red Clover flowers, Chaparral leaves, Pau D'Arco bark, Comfrey root and Castor oil.




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