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Birthwort (Aristolochia clematitis), also known as “duck flower,” “Indian root,” and “snake root,” is a flowering plant that gives off an unpleasant scent.
The fresh juice of the birthwort plant contains volatile oils and tannins. The roots and other part of the plant are sometimes used. It is thought to be anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, analgesic, and diaphoretic.
Significant caution must be used when taking birthwort. It may cause serious harm in pregnant women and has been known to cause miscarriage. Birthwort also contains chemical properties that may be linked to mutation of human body cells, including cancer. Birthwort may also be very toxic to the kidneys.
Germany has banned the use of birthwort because it contains toxic levels of aristolochic acid. However, birthwort is still widely available in European countries.
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