Information on Skunk Cabbage

Latin NameSymplocarpus foetidus
Other NamesSkunkweed
Part UsedRoot, Rhizome
Herb FormsTincture, capsule.
AffectsUrinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsUse this herb cautiously if you have a history of kidney stones. In large doses it is slightly poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, and vomiting.
Botanical InfoA perennial of wet, boggy places in the Arum family with a large acrid tuber, large leaves, and purple-yellow spotted and striped hooded flowers.
DescriptionSkunk cabbage is a well-known antispasmodic used for asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough.

Skunk Cabbage has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of HOT.


Tincture2-4 droppersful in water 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Skunk Cabbage

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Crouprespiratory antispasmodictincture
Bronchitisantispasmodictincture, capsule
Asthmaantispasmodictincture, capsule
Whooping coughantispasmodictincture, capsule


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