Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Find a Vitamin or Supplement

SKUNK CABBAGE

Other Names:

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, ...
See All Names

SKUNK CABBAGE Overview
SKUNK CABBAGE Uses
SKUNK CABBAGE Side Effects
SKUNK CABBAGE Interactions
SKUNK CABBAGE Dosing
SKUNK CABBAGE Overview Information

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.

How does it work?

Skunk cabbage contains chemicals that relieve pain and cause relaxation.

SKUNK CABBAGE Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence 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.


SKUNK CABBAGE Side Effects & Safety

Skunk cabbage seems to be safe for most people. Large amounts can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, decreased vision, and stomachcramps.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to use skunk cabbage if you are pregnant. It could start your period or cause the uterus to contract. This might cause a miscarriage.

Stomach or intestinal disorders (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD], ulcers, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease): Taking skunk cabbage might make these conditions worse.

Kidney stones: Skunk cabbage contains oxalate, a chemical that the body uses to make kidney stones. Taking skunk cabbage might make kidney stones worse.

SKUNK CABBAGE Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for SKUNK CABBAGE Interactions

SKUNK CABBAGE Dosing

The appropriate dose of skunk cabbage depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for skunk cabbage. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

See 16 Reviews for this Treatment - OR -

Review this Treatment

Learn about User Reviews and read IMPORTANT information about user generated content

Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version. © Therapeutic Research Faculty 2009.

Search for a Vitamin or Supplement

Ex. Ginseng, Vitamin C, Depression

Today on WebMD

Woman taking a vitamin or supplement
Article
Man taking a vitamin or supplement
Article
 
clams
Quiz
Woman in sun
Slideshow
 
Flaxseed added fiber
Video
!!69X75_Vitamins_Supplements.jpg
Evaluator
 
Woman sleeping
Article
Woman staring into space with coffee
Article
 
IMPORTANT: About This Section and Other User-Generated Content on WebMD

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatment or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.