Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage.

Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage. The Chippewa and other Native American indigenous groups used preparations of the root as a cough medicine, for whooping cough, tuberculosis, and for cramps, among other uses. Leaf poulticed to reduce swelling. Dried root nibbled to stop epileptic seizures. Micmac sniff the root to relieve migraines. This unusual member of the arum family (Araceae) and its claims as a cure for asthma, attracted the attention of physicians in Colonial America. The root became an official drug for treating some of the conditions described above.


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