Virginia Snakeroot

Other names: Lucerne?

Scientific name: Aristolochia serpentaria

Common names: Birth worts, Pipe vines, Dutchman’s pipes, Serpentary

Ayurvedic names:  Euphorbia hirta

Chinese names: Fangchi

Bangladesh names: Chittagong, Dioscorea tamnifolia

Arabic names:    زراوند (zaraawind)

Rain Forest names:

Family: Aristolochiaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Root

Collection: Autumn

Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: 1 to 3

Actions: diaphoretic, digestive, stimulant, tonic

Known Constituents: Aristolochid acid, tannins

Constituents Explained:


A herb that we don’t hear of much today, it was once highly prized. 

Traditional Use:

It was used to help the body overcome nettle poisoning, poison ivy and snake bites.  An anti inflammatory it was used in cases of rheumatism and gout.  

Its also been used for nausea and digestion problems.

Clinical Studies: