Phytolacca americana L.

Nota de alcance (en)

Root: Syphilis.

Root and Fruit: Juice is purgative.


Origins: Rich, low ground, old fields, and recently cleared areas and roadsides.

Uses: Young shoots, when properly prepared in spring, are edible. Consumption of the plant is dangerous because it becomes poisonous as it matures. Medically it is a slow emetic and a purgative, with some narcotic properties. The dried root is reported valuable in treating hemorrhoids. In Appalachia, pokeberry wine is thought to help alleviate rheumatism; and in some areas dried fruits are used as a poultice on sores.
Toxicity: it becomes poisonous as it matures

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017

2) A guide to medicinal plants of  Appalachia/ Krochmal, Arnold; Walter, Russel S.; Doughty, Richard M.: USA: U.S.D.A Forest Service:,1959

Phytolacca americana L.
Término aceptado: 10-Ago-2018