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What other names is Skunk Cabbage known by?

Charogne, Chou Puant, Chou Sconse, Col de Mofeta, Dracontium, Dracontium foetidum, Meadow Cabbage, Polecatweed, Skunkweed, Spathyema Foetida, Spathyéma Mouffette, Swamp Cabbage, Symplocarpe Chou-Puant, Symplocarpe Fétide, Symplocarpus foetidus, Tabac-du-Diable.

What is Skunk Cabbage?

Skunk cabbage is a plant that gets its name from the unpleasant odor it releases. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

People take skunk cabbage for a wide variety of conditions. It is used to treat breathing problems including swollen airways (bronchitis), asthma, cough, and whooping cough. It is also used for painful conditions such as joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), headache, and toothache. Some people use it for nervous system disorders including spasms, convulsions, and epilepsy. Skunk cabbage is used for treating infections such as worms, ringworm, and scabies. Other uses include treatment of cancer, fluid retention, excessive bleeding (hemorrhage), anxiety, snakebite, skin sores, splinters, swellings, and wounds. Skunk cabbage is also used to stimulate the digestive system.

As a food, the young leaves, roots, and stalks are boiled and eaten.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bronchitis.
  • Asthma.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
  • Headache.
  • Toothache.
  • Spasms.
  • Convulsions.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Worms.
  • Ringworm.
  • Scabies.
  • Cancer.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage).
  • Anxiety.
  • Snakebite.
  • Skin sores.
  • Splinters.
  • Swellings.
  • Wounds.
  • Stimulating the digestive system.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of skunk cabbage for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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