SKUNK CABBAGE

OTHER NAME(S):

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.<br/><br/>

Overview

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 use skunk cabbage for many conditions, but there is no scientific evidence to support these uses.

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

How does it work?

There isn't enough reliable information to know how skunk cabbage works.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of skunk cabbage for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Skunk cabbage is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouthin the amounts found in foods. Large amounts can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, decreased vision, and stomach cramps.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is POSSIBLY 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.

There isn't enough reliable information to know if skunk cabbage is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for SKUNK CABBAGE Interactions.

Dosing

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.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Duke JA. CRC handbook of medicinal herbs. 1st ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC, 1985.
  • Hocking GM. A dictionary of natural products. 2nd ed. Medford, OR: Plexus Publishing, 1997.
  • Kim SH, Cho MS, Li P, Kim SC. Phylogeography and ecological niche modeling reveal reduced genetic diversity and colonization patterns of skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus; Araceae) from glacial refugia in eastern North America. Front Plant Sci. 2018;9:648. View abstract.

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