How does Meadowsweet work?

Meadowsweet contains tannins which might decrease inflammation (swelling) and decrease mucus (phlegm). It also has small amounts of salicylates which are similar to aspirin.

Are there safety concerns?

Meadowsweet, when taken appropriately, is possibly safe for most people. Meadowsweet can cause stomach complaints including nausea. Skin rashes and lung tightness can occur. It might also cause blood in the stool, vomiting, ringing in the ears, kidney problems, and other side effects if taken in large amounts or for long periods of time.

Do not take meadowsweet if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have asthma.
  • You are allergic to aspirin.

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