Symplocarpus foetidus Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
polecatweed skunk-cabbage

Symplocarpus foetidus, commonly known as skunk cabbage, eastern skunk cabbage, swamp cabbage, clumpfoot cabbage, meadow cabbage, foetid pothos or polecat weed, is a low growing, foul smelling plant that prefers wetlands. Native to eastern North America, it ranges from Nova Scotia and southern Quebec west to Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. It is protected as endangered in Tennessee.

Symplocarpus foetidus

Medical use

Economic importance of Symplocarpus foetidus

Medicines folklore
Vertebrate poisons mamals

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Khabarovsk, Primorye, Sakhalin
    • China: China - Heilongjiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario , Quebec
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa , Minnesota , Wisconsin
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Biological activities

Anthelmintic
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AntiHIV
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Antibacterial
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Anticancer
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Anticariogenic
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Antidiarrheic
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Antidysenteric
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Antihepatotoxic
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Antihypertensive
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Antilipolytic
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Antimutagenic
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Antinephritic
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Antiophidic
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Antioxidant
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Antiradicular
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Antirenitic
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Antitumor-Promoter
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Antitumor
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Antiulcer
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Antiviral
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Cancer-Preventive
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Carcinogenic
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Chelator
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Cyclooxygenase-Inhibitor
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Emetic
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Glucosyl-Transferase-Inhibitor
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Hepatoprotective
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Immunosuppressant
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Inflammatory
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Laxative
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Lipoxygenase-Inhibitor
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Lithogenic
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MAO-Inhibitor
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Ornithine-Decarboxylase-Inhibitor
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Pesticide
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Psychotropic
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Xanthine-Oxidase-Inhibitor
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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Calcium-oxalate Plant
N-hydroxytryptamine Leaf
Resin Plant
Tannin Plant
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]