Yesterday I saw poke sallet sprouting, Phytolacca Americana. It’s a toxic plant. I won’t process the root without wearing gloves. Some people can’t take poke tincture at all. Some, like me, can take it for a month or two then have to stop for a couple of weeks (it can cause gastritis). Poke doesn’t bother other people at all, they can take it without interruption. Poke is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. I take it for Osteo-arthritis and I’m pain free. My 84-year-old dad takes it for his arthritis without problems along with a dozen or so relatives and neighbors. Poke has another wonderful property that is rare in the plant world. It’s an “Immunomodulator”. There are immunomodulators in the pharmaceutical world that have uses despite the fact they keep the immune system suppressed. Poke does something a little different, it resets the immune system which allows it to begin functioning normally instead of remaining in an “overwhelmed” state. You folks remember a couple of years ago there was a big Ebola scare in Africa. I believe a few cases made it here to the states. While this was going on some of the best herbalists in the country were having an internet debate about how to treat it. I watched the posts with fascination. The consensus was that poke, as an immunomodulator, should be the first tincture used. Several months after this the CDC announced they would begin using immunomodulators in hopes of getting control of the Ebola outbreak. They worked, within a couple of months Ebola disappeared from the news… Poke also contains several antiviral compounds. I’m going to paraphrase a section of a book by Dr. Stephen Harrod Buhner “Herbal Antivirals” on the subject of poke sallet. Poke Sallet, Phytolacca Americana, has a number of similarities to elderberry including its medical actions. All parts (leaves, root and berries) contain a tremendously potent antiviral compound, pokeweed antiviral protein (PAP). That is broad-spectrum against a wide range of viruses. Used in its purified form it has inactivated the HIV virus in mice, making them HIV free. The poke plant itself could very well be a potent broad-spectrum antiviral and should be examined in depth for this purpose. As well, the root is a very strong lymph system herb, one of the few I know of besides redroot, so it also helps clear the lymph system of viral and bacterial debries… Poke, a wonderful medicinal plant and one of the most powerful in my arsenal. It’s why I haven’t had a cold or the flu in 10 years. Neither I or my elderly dad got this year’s nasty flu bugs. My elderly mom had to hospitalized with it. She refuses any of my plant medicines. Here is Darryl Patton talking about poke sallet as medicine Here Darryl talks a good bit more about the edible properties of poke and using the berries as medicine.