Herb Robert

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What other names is Herb Robert known by?

Aiguilles de Notre-Dame, Bec de Cigogne, Bec de Grue, Cerfeuil Puant, Cerfeuil Sauvage, Dragon's Blood, Épingle de la Vierge, Fourchette du Diable, Géranium de Robert, Géranium Herbe à Robert, Geranium robertianum, Herbe à l'Esquinancie, Herbe à Robert, Herbe Rouge, Hierba de San Roberto, Mountain Geranium, Patte d'Alouette, Stinky Bob, Storkbill, Wild Crane's-Bill.

What is Herb Robert?

Herb Robert is plant. It has an unpleasant odor, so it is sometimes called "Stinky Bob." The leaves, stems, and flowers are used to make medicine.

Herb Robert is used for diarrhea; to improve functioning of the liver and gallbladder; to reduce swelling (inflammation) of the kidney, bladder, and gallbladder; and to prevent the formation of stones in the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder.

Some people use Herb Robert as a mouthwash or gargle. The fresh leaves are chewed to relieve sore mouth and throat.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Treating diarrhea.
  • Improving liver and gallbladder function.
  • Reducing swelling of the kidney, bladder, and gallbladder.
  • Preventing formation of stones in the kidney, bladder, or gallbladder.
  • Treating sore mouth and throat, when the fresh leaves are chewed.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Herb Robert for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Herb Robert work?

An extract of Herb Robert may slow the growth of bacteria and viruses.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if Herb Robert is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Herb Robert during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Herb Robert.

The appropriate dose of Herb Robert depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for herb Robert. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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