(Herbs Wiki) Lion’s Foot

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Lion’s Foot Scientific Names and Common Names,Lion’s Foot Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Lion’s Foot Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Wiki) Lion’s Foot


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Prenanthes alba L.Prenanthes serpensNabalus serpentariaCompositaeComposite family

Common Names

Cancer weed
Canker root
Canker weed
Rattlesnake root
White cankerweed
White lettuce
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Parts Usually Used

The entire herb
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Lion’s foot is a perennial plant; the smooth, purple-tinged stem grows to a height of 2-4 feet and contains a milky juice. The leaves are smooth, thick, and deep green, the basal triangular in shape, the stem ones lanceolate. All are deeply and irregularly toothed. Numerous fragrant pendant flower heads grow in broad, terminal panicles or axillary clusters during August and September. The florets are cream-colored and tinged with lilac. The seed (technically fruit) fuzz a deep rust color.
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Where Found

Found in rich woods of the eastern 3rd of the United States and Canada.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, antiseptic, bitter
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A decoction of the root is used to treat canker sores, diarrhea and dysentery. In the past, drinking the milky juice was believed to be useful for snakebite. A poultice of the leaves can be used as first aid for snake, dog, and insect bites. Native Americans put powdered root in food to stimulate milk flow after childbirth.
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Formulas or Dosages

Decoction: use 1 tsp. root with 1 cup water. Take 1 cup per day.
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, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, by Frances Densmore, Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, first printed by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, in 1928, this Dover edition 1974

, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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