American Bittersweet

What other names is American Bittersweet known by?

Bourreau des Arbres, Célastre du Canada, Célastre Grimpant, Celastrus scandens, Falsa Dulcamara, False Bittersweet, Waxwork.

What is American Bittersweet?

American bittersweet is a plant. Its root and bark are used to make medicine.

People take American bittersweet for arthritis, fluid retention, and liver disorders. Women take it for menstrual disorders. Some people use it to cause sweating.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Arthritis.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Liver problems.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Causing sweating.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American bittersweet 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 American Bittersweet work?

There isn't enough information to know how American bittersweet might work.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information available to know if American bittersweet 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 American bittersweet during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for American Bittersweet.

The appropriate dose of American bittersweet 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 American bittersweet. 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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011

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