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Pleurisy (Asclepias tuberosa)

Pleurisy (Asclepias tuberosa) Image
Synonyms / Common Names / Related Terms
Asclepiadaceae (family), Asclepias tuberose, butterfly milkweed, butterfly weed, chigger-weed, pleurisy root.

Mechanism of Action


  • Constituents: The roots of the pleurisy plant have been found to contain glycosides of ikemagenin, lineolon, pleurogenin, ascandroside, cardenolide, uzarigenin, coroglaucigenin, and corotoxigenin.1,2,3


  • Insufficient available evidence.


  1. Abe, F. and Yamauchi, T. Pregnane glycosides from the roots of Asclepias tuberosa. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2000;48(7):1017-1022. 10923833
  2. Abe, F. and Yamauchi, T. An androstane bioside and 3'-thiazolidinone derivatives of doubly-linked cardenolide glycosides from the roots of Asclepias tuberosa. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2000;48(7):991-993. 10923828
  3. Petricic, J. [On the cardenolides of roots of Asclepias tuberosa L.]. Arch Pharm Ber Dtsch Pharm Ges 1966;299(12):1007-1011. 5232699

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