(Natural Herbs) Asarum

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

(Natural Herbs) Asarum


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

Scientific Names

Asarum Europaeum
Asarum canadense L.

Common Names

Asarum Europaeum:
European snakeroot
Public house plant
Wild nard
Asarum canadense L.:
Canada snake root
Indian ginger
Vermont snake root
Wild Canada ginger
Wild ginger
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Parts Usually Used

Asarum Europaeum - Rootstock, leaves
Asarum canadense L. - Root
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Asarum Europaeum
Asarum is a perennial, evergreen plant; a low plant with a horizontal, creeping rootstock and prostrate stem. Two long-petioled, upright, shiny, leathery, dark green leaves grow from each bud on the stem, rising from 2-4 inches above the ground. The large, solitary flowers appear from March to May and are characterized by a green-brown color on the outside, reddish-black on the inside.

Asarum canadense L.
Asarum canadense is a perennial plant; the knobby, root of the plant is round and fleshy, with dividing stem supporting a heart-shaped, deep green above and a light green below, soft, woolly and handsomely veined leaf, there being two to a plant. A single flower is small and brownish-purple, growing only a few inches high and covered by the dead leaves that carpet the woods. The taste is pungent and bitter.
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Where Found

Asarum Europaeum Grows in European woods
Asarum canadense L. Grows in rich woods from Maine to Michigan, and southward.
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Medicinal Properties

Asarum Europaeum - Rootstock: diuretic, emetic, purgative Leaves: cathartic, emetic, errhine
Asarum canadense L. - Stimulant, carminative, tonic, diaphoretic, diuretic
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Asarum Europaeum - Basic use is emetic. It is mixed with lance-leaf plantain to stop mucus congestion in the nose and respiratory passages. Asarum is too dangerous to be used without medical supervision.

Asarum canadense L. - Used as an appetite stimulant. Externally, used to ease the pains of gout, remove freckles, as a poultice for snakebites, colds, whooping cough, headache, dysmenorrhea, hysteria, typhus, alcoholism, dropsy, ague, and fevers. Used by Native Americans as a ginger substitute for its flavor.
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Formulas or Dosages

Do not boil this herb; boiling weakens its properties.
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Asarum Europaeum - Asarum is too dangerous to be used without medical supervision.
Asarum canadense L. - Large doses cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Use under medical supervision.
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, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

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Herbal Gardening, compiled by The Robison York State Herb Garden, Cornell Plantations, Matthaei Botanical Gardens of the University of Michigan, University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley., Pantheon Books, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, 1994, first edition

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

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, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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