The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce
Snake Root

Botanical Name: Polygala senega

Common Names and Synonyms: Seneka Root, Senega Snakeroot, Seneca Snakeroot, Senega

Background: The knotty rootstock is brown on the outside; pale yellow inside.  The taproot has many  lateral side roots and grows in a line spiral.  There are scars on the root and vestiges of purple leaf buds.  The leaves are lance-like; pink flowers appear on narrow spikes.  Senega was used by the Senega Native American tribe for snake bite.  Herbalists used senega as an expectorant in the treatment of  bronchial asthma.

Snake Root in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce did not specific a specific action for snake root in the readings given where this herb we recommended.
  • Snake root was prescribed in the following amounts:
      2 ounces 5 readings
      1/2 ounce 4 readings
      1 ounce 3 readings
      1/4 ounce 2 readings
    • Essence of snake root was prescribed in 2 readings (30 drops and 1/4 ounce).
  • Snake root was always recommended with other substances in a compound, never by itself. Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with snake root were as follows:
      Tolu 12 readings
      Yellow Dock 12 readings
      Burdock Root 9 readings
      Elder Flower 7 readings
      Buchu Leaves  5 readings
      Wild Cherry 6 readings
      Sarsaparilla 4 readings
      Prickly Ash 4 readings
      Ginseng 3  readings
      Mandrake 3 readings
Cayce Quotes on Snake Root

    Now to relieve and to bring a normal condition to this body, for it can be done, would be to give in the system that, that will give an equilibrium as near as possible of elements needed to produce the perfect functioning of the organ involved or create the element needed to combat the condition now being created in the system and making the trouble there. We would also equalize the circulation by neuropathic adjustments to the whole spinal column, for with the conditions we find the centers in the nerve force showing their need of being brought to their normal condition.  As this is being applied we would give this in the system:

    Yellow Dock Root............2 ounces,
    Burdock Root................2 ounces,
    Snake Root..................2 ounces,
    Dog Wood Bark...............2 ounces,
    Prickly Ash Bark............2 ounces,
    Elder Flower................4 ounces.

    This would all be put into one gallon of distilled or rain water and reduced by simmering, not boiling, to one quart: While warm, strain and add four ounces of grain alcohol with three drams of Balsam of Tolu.  The dose would be teaspoonful after each meal and before bed time.  Follow this and with the equalizing of the circulation, we will bring this body to its normal force again.

As a stimulant to the functioning of the duodenum, the pancreas and the liver, and for perfect lacterial balance in the stomach itself, and to perform the correct intestinal digestion throughout the system we would take this:  To one gallon of rain water we would add:

    Wild Cherry Bark.............4 ounces,
    Yellow Dock Root.............2 ounces,
    Bur Dock Root................2 ounces,
    Snake Root...................2 ounces,
    Elder Flower.................2 ounces.

    This would be reduced by boiling, very slowly, with covered top to one quart, strained and while warm add 4 ounces of grain alcohol, with three drams of tolu.  The dose of this would be teaspoonful four times each day.  While this is being given in the system there should be every evening and morning the spine from the first cervical to the sacrum rubbed well with cold water and then dried and rubbed with a rough coarse towel, - see.


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