- What other names is Alchemilla known by?
- What is Alchemilla?
- Is Alchemilla effective?
- How does Alchemilla work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Alchemilla.
Alchemilla is used for stomach problems, mild diarrhea, diabetes, water retention, swelling (inflammation), and muscle spasms. Some people use it as a gargle for sore mouth and throat.
Women use alchemilla for heavy or painful menstrual periods or for symptoms of menopause.
Some people apply alchemilla directly to the skin to stop bleeding; improve wound healing; or treat ulcers, eczema, or skin rashes.
Alchemilla is also added to bath water for treating lower-abdominal ailments.
diarrhea, skin conditions such as ulcers, eczema, and rashes, diabetes, menstrual irregularities, bleeding and wound healing, stomach disorders, muscle spasms, and others.
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- Heavy or painful menstrual periods.
- Wound healing.
- Stomach disorders.
- Muscle spasms.
- Skin conditions such as ulcers, eczema, and rashes.
- Other conditions.
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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liver damage, other experts consider the concern to be exaggerated.
There is very little information available about the safety of applying alchemilla to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking alchemilla if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Above-ground parts of alchemilla contain chemicals called tannins. Tannins absorb substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking alchemilla along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medicine. To prevent this interaction, take alchemilla at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011