Despite serious safety concerns, people use pokeweed for achy muscles and joints (rheumatism), swelling of the nose, throat, and chest, swollen and tender breasts (mastitis), skin infections, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, pokeweed berry is used as red food coloring and as a wine coloring agent.
In manufacturing, pokeweed berry is used to make ink and dye.
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