Alchemilla

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What other names is Alchemilla known by?

Alchemilla vulgaris, Alchemilla xanthochlora, Alchémille, Alchémille Commune, Alchémille Jaunâtre, Alchémille Vert Jaune, Alquimila, Alquimilla, Feuilles d'Alchémille, Frauenmantel, Frauenmantelkraut, Lady's Mantle, Leontopodium, Lion's Foot, Manteau de Notre-Dame, Manto de la Virgen, Marienmantel, Nine Hooks, Nueve Ganchos, Pie de León, Pied de Lion, Silerkraut, Stellaria.

What is Alchemilla?

Alchemilla is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

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.

Is Alchemilla effective?

There isn't enough information to know if alchemilla is effective for the conditions people use it for, including: diarrhea, skin conditions such as ulcers, eczema, and rashes, diabetes, menstrual irregularities, bleeding and wound healing, stomach disorders, muscle spasms, and others.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diarrhea.
  • Diabetes.
  • Heavy or painful menstrual periods.
  • Wound healing.
  • Stomach disorders.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Skin conditions such as ulcers, eczema, and rashes.
  • Bleeding.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of alchemilla 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 Alchemilla work?

Alchemilla contains chemicals called tannins, which might help diarrhea.

Are there safety concerns?

Alchemilla is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth appropriately. Although some German researchers warn about possible 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.

Are there any interactions with medications?



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.

Dosing considerations for Alchemilla.

The appropriate dose of alchemilla 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 alchemilla. 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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