Uses: This plant is named for the condition it is believed to
An infusion of Pleurisy
Root is used to encourage perspiration, clear the breathing passages,
and relieve difficult breathing.
It has also been considered
useful for fevers, rheumatism, and dysentery.
Sometimes it was mixed
with cayenne and administered to head off a cold.
In small doses, it was
an acceptable children's remedy.
Native Americans chewed
the dried root or brewed a tea to treat pneumonia and bronchitis.
Powdered root mixed with
a small amount of water was made into a salve to spread onto sores
to heal them.