Vetiver

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What other names is Vetiver known by?

Anatherum zizanioides, Andropogon odoratus, Chiendent des Indes, Chiendent Odorant, Chrysopogon zizanioides, Cuscus, Cuscus Grass, Cuseus Grass, Khas, Khas-khas, Khus Khus, Khus-khus Grass, Phalaris zizanioides, Reshira, Sugandhimula, Usheer, Ushira, Vétiver, Vetiveria zizanioides, Vetivergras, Zacate Violeta.

What is Vetiver?

Vetiver is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take vetiver for nerve and circulation problems.

Some women take it to start their periods or to cause an abortion.

Vetiver is sometimes applied directly to the skin for relieving stress, as well as emotional traumas and shock; treating lice; and repelling insects.

Vetiver is sometimes inhaled as "aromatherapy" for nervousness, trouble sleeping (insomnia), and joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).

In manufacturing, vetiver is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...



BY MOUTH
  • Causing an abortion.
  • Nerve problems.
  • Circulation problems.
  • Other conditions.
APPLIED TO THE SKIN
  • Lice.
  • Repelling insects.
  • Stress.
  • Other conditions.
INHALATION
  • Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of vetiver 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 Vetiver work?

Vetiver contains an oil that repels insects. It is not known how vetiver might work as a medicine.

Are there safety concerns?

Vetiver is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts and POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine. But the possible side effects are not known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take vetiver if you are pregnant. It might cause a miscarriage. It's also best to avoid vetiver if you are breast-feeding. The effects on a nursing infant are unknown.

Dosing considerations for Vetiver.

The appropriate dose of vetiver 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 vetiver. 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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