Aralia racemosa. N.O. Araliaceae.
Synonym ► Indian Spikenard, Pettymorrel, Spignet. Habitat ► U.s.a
Features ► Rhizome is about one inch in diameter, oblique, with concave stem scars. Root is a similar thickness at the base, wrinkled, light brown. Fracture short and whitish. Taste and odour aromatic.
Part used ► Root, rhizome. Action ► Alterative, diaphoretic.
The strong alterative properties are made considerable use of in rheumatic and general uric acid disorders, as well as various skin diseases. Decoction of 1/2 ounce to 1 1/2 pints (reduced to 1 pint) is taken in tablespoonful doses four times daily.