Poke root has traditionally been used in low doses to stimulate the immune system, relieve lymph congestion, get rid of catarrh and resolve lumps and cysts.
Poke root is applied topically for the treatment of fibrocystic breasts, mastitis and mammary abscess.
Poke root has demonstrated strong immunological activity in animal studies and it has a long use of treating rheumatism, including advanced cases of the disease.
A POTENT LYMPHATIC MOVER
Poke root is a potent, valuable herb and cleansing remedy that has traditionally been used in low doses to stimulate the immune system, relieve lymph congestion, get rid of catarrh and resolve lumps and cysts.
It is used in treating infections of the upper respiratory tract infections such as tonsillitis and laryngitis as well as lymphadenitis, mumps and swollen glands. It is also applied topically for the treatment of fibrocystic breasts, scabies, acne, mastitis and mammary abscess.
Eclectic herbalists used poke root in treating glandular structures, particularly the mouth, reproductive system and the throat.
Poke root is said to possess antirheumatic, anti - catarrhal, mild anodyne, emetic, purgative, parasiticidal and fungicidal properties .
Anti – inflammatory activity and immunological activity in animal studies support the traditional use of poke root in rheumatism.
Poke root should not be used medicinally by the young nor should it be taken whilst pregnant or during breast – feeding.
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