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Pleurisy Root

Wildharvested & Kosher Certified

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  • Asclepias tuberosa
  • Origin: USA
Pleurisy Root


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Common Name

Standardized: pleurisy root
Other: butterfly weed

Botanical Name

Asclepias tuberosa L.
Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae


Pleurisy weed is better known in parts of the country as butterfly weed. The plant is a variety of milkweed native to eastern North America. It's a popular plant in country gardens, and is known to attract butterflies, particularly monarchs. It has been used medicinally by a number of Native American tribes for centuries. Much of the plant is edible, including the young shoots, flower buds and stems. The milkweed fibers can be used to make fabric or rope. Pleurisy weed does have a darker side, however. The alkaloids it contains include some that can be toxic in the mature plant. It is considered toxic to livestock, and not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for children.

Parts Used

Dried root.

Typical Preparations

In tea infusions, as an extract and very seldom in capsules.


Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.