In Native American folk medicine, Pleurisy Root is used to treat chest and upper respiratory disorders such as cough, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, and, of course, pleurisy.
It has also been taken to relieve rheumatism, diarrhea, digestive problems, fever, and uterine disorders.
External application is believed to help remove warts
Although Pleurisy Root was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia until the late 19th century, its effectiveness for these conditions has never been scientifically confirmed. Pleurisy Root is a perennial plant native to America and Canada that produces orange or yellow flowers. Its name is derived from its use by American Indian medical practitioners for the treatment of pleurisy.
The herb is said to be an effective treatment for a number of respiratory disorders due to its ability to reduce inflammation, relieve spasms in the airways, promote perspiration, and help clear the air passages of secretions. In the treatment of uterine disorders, it is believed to have effects similar to the hormone estrogen.