(Natural Herbs) Canada Moonseed

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

(Natural Herbs) Canada Moonseed


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

Scientific Names

Menispermum canadense L. Menispermaceae Moonseed family

Common Names

American sarsaparilla
Canadian Moonseed
Texas sarsaparilla
Yellow parilla
Yellow sarsaparilla
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Parts Usually Used

Leaves and roots
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

A perennial vine; the round, woody, twining vine of the moonseed family, with small clusters of purple berries and crescent-shaped seeds. Climbing woody vine; 8-12 feet tall. Root is bright yellow within. The leaves are smooth, with 3-7 angles or lobes; stalk attached above the base. Flowers small, whitish; in loose clusters; June to August. The fruit is globular, bluish-black drupe upto 1/2 inch across; resemble grapes.
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Where Found

Rich, moist thickets, moist woods, hedges near streams. Quebec, western New England south to Georgia; Arkansas; Oklahoma.
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Medicinal Properties

Bitter tonic, diuretic, laxative
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Native Americans used root tea for indigestion, arthritis, bowel disorders; also as a blood cleanser and “female tonic”.

Externally, physicians used root (tincture) as a laxative, diuretic; for syphilis, general debility, and chronic skin infections. Sometimes used as a substitute for Sarsaparilla.
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Poisonous. Fatalities have been reported from children eating seeds and fruits. Some people reportedly confuse this plant with edible wild grapes.Care should be taken to correctly identify this herb. The black/purple berries are poisonous. The toxicity of the rootstock is due to its bitter alkaloids.

Never use this herb without medical supervision.
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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.

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

, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

, 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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