- Asarum Europaeum
- Asarum canadense L.
Parts Usually Used
Asarum Europaeum - Rootstock, leaves
Asarum canadense L. - Root
Description of Plant(s) and Culture
Asarum is a perennial, evergreen plant; a low plant with a horizontal,
creeping rootstock and prostrate stem. Two long-petioled, upright,
shiny, leathery, dark green leaves grow from each bud on the stem,
rising from 2-4 inches above the ground. The large, solitary flowers
appear from March to May and are characterized by a green-brown color
on the outside, reddish-black on the inside.
Asarum canadense L.
Asarum canadense is a perennial plant; the knobby, root of the plant
is round and fleshy, with dividing stem supporting a heart-shaped,
deep green above and a light green below, soft, woolly and handsomely
veined leaf, there being two to a plant. A single flower is small
and brownish-purple, growing only a few inches high and covered by
the dead leaves that carpet the woods. The taste is pungent and bitter.
Asarum Europaeum Grows in European woods
Asarum canadense L. Grows in rich woods from Maine to Michigan,
Asarum Europaeum - Rootstock: diuretic, emetic, purgative
Leaves: cathartic, emetic, errhine
Asarum canadense L. - Stimulant, carminative, tonic, diaphoretic,
Asarum Europaeum - Basic use is emetic. It is mixed with lance-leaf
plantain to stop mucus congestion
in the nose and respiratory
passages. Asarum is too dangerous to be used without medical supervision.
Asarum canadense L. - Used as an appetite
stimulant. Externally, used to ease the pains of gout,
remove freckles, as a poultice for snakebites,
colds, whooping cough, headache,
typhus, alcoholism, dropsy, ague, and fevers.
Used by Native Americans as a ginger substitute for its flavor.
Formulas or Dosages
Do not boil this herb; boiling weakens its properties.
Asarum Europaeum - Asarum is too dangerous to be used without
Asarum canadense L. - Large doses cause nausea, vomiting, and
diarrhea. Use under medical supervision.