Spikenard (Aralia racemosa) can be found throughout North America. The fresh and dried roots and rhizome can be used medicinally. It is a herbaceaous, bushy plant with a pleasing aroma and small, greenish-white flowers. Spikenard contains polyynes (including falcarinole, falcarindiole), triterpene saponins, and volatile oil. It has been used as a expectorant and stimulates tissue renewal. Spikenard is most commonly used for colds, chronic cough, and asthma. However, it is an alternative remedy for skin diseases and rheumatic conditions. It has been used by the North American Indians for backache, bruises, wounds, swelling, and inflammation.
Products containing Spikenard
Cautions There have been no reported adverse reactions.