Phytolacca Decandra or Phytolacca is also known by some people as pokeweed or just poke. Mostly, pokeweed grows in wild areas where the ground has been disturbed. The harsh environment through which it thrives makes it highly toxic, especially in areas of high concentration such as the roots and raw parts above the ground during its early maturity periods.
The concentration of the toxic substances is however least in some parts such as the leaves and the flattened purple berries, which it bears upon maturity. The young leaves of Phytolecca are edible, especially when collected before turning red and boiled for up to five minutes, rinsed, and brought to boiling again.
Here are some of the uses of Phytolacca Decandra
- The flattened purple berries are used for making juice
- The roots, which are the most diverse parts of pokeweed, can be used for making tonics, tinctures, and tea.
- The leaves, when mashed can be used for making poultices.
Like many poisonous plants, pokeweed or otherwise Phytolecca is used in homeopathic treatment. It is very helpful for persons who are severely suffering in the hands of extreme depression. In some instances, Phytolacca Decandra is used to treat abnormal behaviors such as social phobia or social anxiety disorder, compete withdrawal from normal social life as well as social etiquette. Such behaviors are usually born from complete lack of hope and general interest in life.
The herb has an overwhelming effect on scar tissues, muscles, and fibrous tissues. As a result, it commonly used for treating glandular swelling with inflammation and heat. Glandular infections are normally indicated by tonsillitis, swollen tonsils, sore and ulcerated throat, breast and chest inflammation, soreness and burning of lymph nodes, sensational burning and pain is some parts of the skin. With Phytolacca, these medical conditions can be easily treated than when using other artificial medication.
Phytolacca is also used as a weight loss supplement, because it is very effective on people who have a lot fats and calories to burn. This herb has a great impact on flabby, tired, and slow moving people with negative sentiments on social etiquette and general life.
Pokeweed is highly recommended for weight loss because it enhances excretion of catabolic waste materials from different parts of the body. In the process, the herb also helps in detoxification and maintaining good health standards in individuals. It assists in the prevention of skin infections and other diseases caused by buildup of toxic chemical compounds and waste materials in the body.
This herb can also be used for relieving pain in different parts of the body. For instance, it is useful in relieving shooting shoulder pain, especially when the pain is accompanied by stiffness and trouble when raising the arm, pain in the kidneys, general weakness, stiffness due to wet weather, and lower back pain. In addition, it also very important in relieving shocking pain experienced throughout the body.
However, one needs to be careful when using the herb, as long-term exposure to it can lead to skin irritation, vomiting, nausea, weakness, gastric and oral irritation.