American Wild Ginger

Scientific Name: Asarum canadense The plant contains aristolochic acid, a carcinogenic compound. The FDA warns that consumption of aristolochic acid-containing products is associated with permanent kidney damage. Native Americansused the plant as a medicinal herb to treat a number of ailments including dysentery, digestive problems, swollen breasts, coughs and colds, typhus, scarlet fever, nerves, sore throats, cramps, heaves, earaches, […]

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