Sweet Cicely

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What other names is Sweet Cicely known by?

British Myrrh, Cerfeuil Anisé, Cerfeuil d'Espagne, Cerfeuil Musqué, Cerfeuil Odorant, Myrrhe Odorante, Myrrhis odorata, Perifollo Oloroso, Roman Plant, Shepherd's Needle, Sweet Bracken, Sweet Chervil, Sweet-Cus, Sweet-Fern, Sweet-Humlock, Sweets, The Roman Plant.

What is Sweet Cicely?

Sweet cicely is an herb. It is used to make medicine.

People take sweet cicely as a tea or tonic for asthma and other breathing problems, cough, digestion problems, chest and throat complaints, and urinary tract disorders. It is also used as a "blood purifier."

Sweet cicely is sometimes applied directly to the skin for gout.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma.
  • Congestion.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Urinary tract conditions.
  • Gout, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet cicely 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 Sweet Cicely work?

There isn't enough information available to know how sweet cicely might work.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if sweet cicely is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Sweet Cicely.

The appropriate dose of sweet cicely 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 sweet cicely. 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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