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Plants at Risk: Herbs

These herbs may become endangered
By Jan Knight
May/June 1999
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• Helonias root, or false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum): Uterine tonic
• Kava-kava (Piper methysticum): Relaxant
• Lady’s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium spp.):Nervine
• Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum): Antiviral
• Osha (Ligusticum porteri): Diaphoretic
• Partridge berry (Mitchella repens): Astringent, diuretic
• Peyote (Lophophora williamsii): Hallucinogenic
• Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra): Demulcent, emollient, diuretic
• Sundew (Drosera spp.): Antibiotic
• Trillium, or Bethroot (Trillium spp.): Astringent, tonic, antiseptic
• True unicorn (Aletris farinosa): For flatulence, painful menses
• Venus fly trap (Dionaea muscipula): Immunostimulant
• Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa): Carminative

Jan Knight is editor of Herbs for Health and belongs to The National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs Advisory Council, a thirty-six member board made up of representatives from the news media, educational institutions, herbal practice, and other fields.

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