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Poke Root

Phytolacca decandra – root

An anti-inflammatory remedy with action on the lymphatics and respiratory system. Potentially immune simulating but caution is required with dosage.


Primary: lymphatic, depurative, immune stimulating.

Secondary: anti-inflammatory, expectorant.


  • Conditions involving inflammation of the mouth, throat and lymph glands.
  • To support healthy connective tissue, muscles and joints, including relief of arthritic conditions.
  • To support healthy functioning of the female reproductive glands.
  • Internally and topically to provide relief for mastitis.

Poisoning can occur from ingestion of any part of the plant or from skin contact with the plant. Severe emesis and diarrhoea, accompanied by tachycardia, have been observed after ingestion of raw leaves and after drinking tea prepared from the powdered root.

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose, as doing so may produce severe vomiting and diarrhoea in certain patients.
  • Contraindicated in pregnancy, lactation and those with gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Do not use for longer than 6 months.
  • Do not apply to broken or ulcerated skin.
  • Contact with the eyes should be avoided.

Caution: The daily dose of this tincture is low, the dosage range is narrow and/or adverse effects may occur if prescribed above the maximum daily dose. Accurate measurement of dose is vital to minimise the chance of adverse effects and/or toxicity.

The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.

Phytolacca decandra 1:5. Each 1 ml contains 200mg of dry herb.

Liquid extract in 45% ethanol. Use 1 to 5 ml weekly.

Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.

Native Americans and early settlers used pokeweed as an emetic and purgative, and a salve composed of a mixture of the root and lard was used to treat rheumatism.