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Poke Root Herbal Oil Review – Is it Effective?

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Overview | Nutrition Info | Pros & Cons | Precautions | Cost | Suggested Use | Verdict

Poke Root Herbal Oil is an herbal alternative advertised as helping in the treatment of breast inflammations and other mastitis symptoms. The formula is manufactured by Mountain Rose Herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs is a US producer and distributor of bulk medicinal herbs as well as spices, naturally derived supplements and herbal products for cosmetic uses among other. It has roughly twenty five years of experience on the American market. However Mountain Rose Herbs does not use many online retailers to distribute its formulas. Therefore, at least part of its supplements may not have an established reputation among American consumers of herbal remedies.

According to the manufacturer, Poke Root Herbal Oil is a potent formula based on a traditional herb, pokeweed or pokeroot. This plant is infused in organic olive oil for some months in order to obtain the product in its final form. Poke Root Herbal Oil is addresses to women who have breast lumps and mastitis symptoms like a general state of malaise like when having flu symptoms, swelling of the breast, burning or pain sensation while nursing your child or on a continuous basis, the breast feels warmth to the touch, breast tenderness, redness on the breast skin and fever above 101 F.


1) Quick Overview

Poke Root Herbal Oil is an organic natural remedy based on an herb which has been used in folk medicine for a long time, despite its potentially serious adverse effects. The herb may even be eaten is salads but it is very important to know how to prepare it. Thus, it is advisable that you ask from advice from a specialist who possesses sound knowledge of this herb. The Native Americans have been using it for skin disorders like psoriazis, eczema and acne, but also for the stimulation of the immune system, enlarged thyroid gland, breast lumps, and to treat symptoms related to rheumatism. The plant has emetic properties (it can induce vomiting) and blood cleansing properties. The herb contains some chemical compounds which suggest that it may help in cancer treatment however clinical studies continue. Poke root or pokeweed causes side effects such as prolonged vomiting and diarrhea, which may usually lead to severe dehydration, low blood pressure, spasms, severe convulsions and even death.

Nutrition Info

2) Ingredients of Poke Root Herbal Oil

Poke Root Herbal Oil includes the following ingredients: Poke root (Phytolacca Americana), and Olive oil.

3) Does Poke Root Herbal Oil Work?

The core ingredient of Poke Root Herbal Oil is poked root, also known as pokeweed, inkberry, pigeon berry, and American nightshade. According to laboratory studies, the herb contains two harmful compounds phytolacca toxin and phytolacca genin, which can be found in the leaves, roots, and stems and also in the fruit but a lesser amount.

Some specialists recommend not using poke root for any reason whatsoever. The herbs may cause low blood pressure, prolonged stomach upsets like vomiting and diarrhea, and convulsions. It also has narcotic properties. Some specialists also list death among adverse effects of using poke root. As a consequence, herbalists advise you to use pokeweed products only under the supervision of knowledgeable specialists.

In spite of being considered toxic, the herb is useful in many health concerns both topically and internally. It has been taken into account helpful in treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Moreover, it may be useful for treating weight loss, boils, swollen glands, and tonsils inflammation. The American Indians also used grated poke root to treat breast inflammations. It may also help in breast and uterine cancer.

There are ongoing studies about the Effectiveness of poke root in treating AIDS and cancer, and the herb has some chemical compounds which may help in treating cancer.

Supplements also routinely use Essential Oils for Brain Health, which can help with stress and anxiety.

The FDA has not evaluated the effectiveness and potential side effects of the Poke Root Herbal Oil formulation and thus, they cannot be guaranteed. Mountain Rose Herbs does not list any side effects on its official website.

There are a limited number of online customer testimonials, mostly saying that they have been satisfied with the product but they are worried about its side effects.

Pros & Cons

4) Poke Root Herbal Oil: Pros and Cons

  • The bottle of 2 ounces costs around $7 and the bottle of 4 ounces is almost $13 on the manufacturer’s site, which recommends it as an affordable product
  • It contains only certified organic ingredients
  • You can get a refund if you return the product in maximum 60 days from the invoice date

5) Precautions of Poke Root Herbal Oil Use

  • Poke rook may cause serious side effects if not properly processed
  • Shipping charges may be high (more than $6)
  • It is not widely available on the Internet
  • The manufacturer does not have clear use directions on its official site
  • There are very few online customer reviews

6) Poke Root Herbal Oil Cost

The formula comes in two types of bottles, of 2 ounces and 4 ounces. The average price per ounce would recommend Poke Root Herbal Oil as an affordable product. It can be ordered online directly from Mountain Rose Herbs. It can also be ordered by fax, by email, and by telephone from the manufacturer. Shipping charges, however, may be fairly high. Poke Root Herbal Oil is not available in so many online stores.

You can return the product to the manufacturer within 60 days of the invoice date and get a refund without being charged a restocking fee. Nonetheless, you will pay the shipping charges.

Suggested Use

7) Suggested Use

The safety and quality of the formulation marketed by Mountain Rose Herbs have not been evaluated by the FDA. The producer sells Poke Root Herbal Oil in bottles of 2 ounces and 4 ounces. It does not provide clear directions of use on its site, like recommended dose and estimated treatment period. Moreover, it does not mention side effects either.


8) Our Final Take On Poke Root Herbal Oil

Poke Root Herbal Oil may provide relief in symptoms associated with mastitis and broadly, breast lumps. We are cautious for several reasons in what regards its safety. Firstly, it has been proven that poke root contains chemical compounds which are very toxic to the human body. What is more, there have been reported even some cases of death. Specialists say that the herb is not recommended to amateurs and that pokeweed is safe if processed correctly. Secondly, we have found a very small number of online consumer reviews on the Poke Root Herbal Oil formula. Thus we do not have much information on how potent and safe it really is.

We recommend you to ask for medical advice before using this formulation. It comes at an affordable price, thus Poke Root Herbal Oil may be worth a try if you are not deterred by the potential side effects of pokeweed. You may also want to look at other probably safer herbs, like garlic or Echinacea.

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I think Poke Root Herbal Oil works well.

Linda Kanzinger

I have been using it in treatment of cancer of the nipple of the breast. At first I did not notice anything and did not know if it was working, but after a while I would awake with pain-a burning pain-in my breast. Poke was described as “burning out the cancer cells”! This would happen about once a week or so-the pain was a good sign and actually felt therapeutic. I stopped after 6 weeks as it was recommended to take a break after 6 weeks. I will definitely be going back to using poke! I called myself Burning Woman the mornings after I would “the healing pain”.