Herb Robert

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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