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Skunk Cabbage Treats Asthma

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Skunk cabbage, long used by Native Americans to treat many breathing problems, "is an effective natural supplement for other lung and upper respiratory problems," according to Dr. William A. Mitchell Jr., a naturopathic physician and author of the book "Plant Medicine in Practice," reports Lance Armstrong's website

As a homeopathic expectorant to treat asthma and bronchitis, brew the freshly dried leaves in medicinal teas or stews. The leaves are not edible raw, because the roots are toxic and the leaves can burn the mouth. Skunk cabbage, which has a spicy taste, grows abundantly in moist places in the northern and middle United States, reports