Veronica

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What other names is Veronica known by?

Ehrenpreiskraut, Gypsy Weed, Herbe aux Ladres, Speedwell, Thé d'Europe, Thé du Nord, Triaca, Verónica, Veronica Herb, Veronica officinalis, Veronicae Herba, Véronique, Véronique Mâle, Véronique Officinale.

What is Veronica?

Veronica is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take veronica for problems with the lungs (respiratory tract), stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal tract), and bladder and kidneys (urinary tract). They also take it for gout, arthritis, muscle and joint pain (rheumatism), loss of appetite, liver problems, and diseases of the spleen.

Veronica is also used as a tonic, to cause sweating, to "purify" blood, and to increase metabolism.

Some people gargle with veronica to treat sore mouth and throat. It is sometimes applied directly to the skin to stop foot perspiration, heal wounds, and treat ongoing skin problems and itching.

Be careful not to confuse veronica (Veronica officinalis) with other veronica species such as Veronica allionii and Veronica chamaedrys.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Arthritis.
  • Gout.
  • Liver conditions.
  • Lung conditions.
  • Spleen diseases.
  • Stomach and intestinal problems.
  • Kidney and bladder problems.
  • Itching, when applied to the skin.
  • Skin problems, when applied to the skin.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Sore mouth and throat, when used as a gargle.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of veronica 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 Veronica work?

Veronica may help the stomach lining repair itself.

Are there safety concerns?

Veronica is safe when taken in food amounts and might be safe when taken by mouth as a medicine. However, the possible side effects are unknown.

There isn't enough information to know whether veronica can be safely applied to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Veronica.

The appropriate dose of veronica 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 veronica. 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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