Plants By Type
Cancer Root Information
By Tammy Sons
Information About Poke – Cancer Root
Poke root is known by many names like inkberry, pigeon berry, and cancer root. Its scientific name is Phytolacca decandra and it is a perennial herb. The herb grows to anywhere between 3 feet and 9 feet in height. It is known for its many medicinal purposes. Small black berries grow in clusters along the stem of the herb; and the roots of this plant of very large and breakable.
Death can Ensue
Poke root herb grows indigenously in the United States and is generally found in the ground of areas where the soil has been disturbed. While there are many medicinal uses of the poke root, excessive ingestion of this herb can cause respiratory failure and subsequent death in animals as well as human beings.
As one of its alternative names suggests, poke – cancer root is popular owing to its healing abilities when it comes to diseases such as cancer and in particular breast cancer. It works by manipulating the lymph system in the human body. It can be used to cleanse and revitalize the lymphatic system of areas like the throat and mammary glands.
This potent herb also finds use as a poultice and salve. It has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions like eczema, hemorrhoids, measles, fungal infections, scabies, ringworm, and other wounds. Cancer root is considered effective when used to combat skin cancer as well.
No Room for Mistakes
Poke root formulations are bottled as medical drugs. It is often mixed with other herbs like iris, gentian, and dandelion. It is highly recommended to use this drug under the care and guidance of an experienced medical care provider as if the root is used injudiciously; there can be dangerous side effects.
Not a Substitute
It should not be used by pregnant or lactating women, people who are using antidepressants, contraceptive pills, and fertility drugs. Poke roots are in no way a substitute for conventional medical care.