Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) Native

Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Parts used: root, rhizome

Medicinal uses: Primarily used as an expectorant, treating cases of whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis; also taken for upper respiratory problems such as nasal congestion and hay fever; less commonly it is used in the treatment of epilepsy, headaches, vertigo, and rheumatic problems and as a means to stop bleeding.

Cautions: Handling fresh skunk cabbage may cause the skin to blister. Excessive doses can cause nausea and dizziness (Chevallier 274).

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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