Toxic plant used with care to treat serious infections and cancer.
• conditions associated with nodular growths or enlarged glands:
- infections with swollen nodes
• strept throat
• human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - research underway
• Triterpenoid glycosides (e.g. phytolaccosides)
• Pokeweed antiviral protein (PAP)
• Alkaloid (e.g. phytolaccine)
• Tincture (1:10 in 45% EtOH): 0.25 ml tid
• Decoction (root): 1/4 tsp tid
High doses: May cause violent emesis, catharsis, convulsions and possibly death.
Note: Should be used under the supervision of a healthcare provider who is knowledgeable about the effects of the plants.
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