asarabacca belongs to the aristolochiaceae or the birthwort own family. it's far a perennial plant that could attain a height to ten-15 cm (four to six inches) tall.
it has creeping and branching rhizomes and darkish green, brilliant five-10 cm wide leaves.
the flowering takes place among may additionally and june. the bell formed flora have 3 wide petals which can be reddish-brown. due to the fact the flowers are usually positioned below the leaves they may be frequently difficult to locate. after flowering, the formation of a round and fleshy seed tablet follows.
asarabacca has an extended records as a medicinal herb courting lower back to the time of the ancient greeks.
in the middle ages it became used as a diuretic, laxative and emetic agent. till ipecacuanha (cephaëlis ipecacuanha), a plant from south the usa also with emetic properties but fewer side consequences, turned into brought to europe inside the 1600s, asarabacca changed into the main remedy for food or mushroom poisoning however because of the plant’s toxicity, it possibly did greater damage than suitable.
inside the beyond, the herb changed into used as a treatment for rhinitis (infection and infection of the mucous membrane inside the nostril), pneumonia, angina pectoris, migraine, liver illnesses and jaundice. it was extensively utilized as a treatment for dehydration and to induce menstruation and abortion.
the dried and pulverized leaves have been used as an component in a sneezing powder of sorts to help expel mucus from the respiration device.