American Ivy

What other names is American Ivy known by?

American Woodbine, Creeper, Enamorada del Muro, Enredadera de Virginia, False Grapes, Five Leaves, Herbe à la Puce, Ivy, Parra Virgen, Parthénocisse à Cinq Folioles, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Vigne Vierge, Vigne Vierge Commune, Vigne Vierge de Virginie, Viña del Canadá, Viña Virgen, Virginia Creeper, Wild Woodbine, Wild Woodvine, Woody Climber.

What is American Ivy?

American ivy is a plant. Its bark is used to make medicine.

People take American ivy for digestion problems. They also use it to cause sweating, as a drying agent (astringent), and as a tonic.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestion problems.
  • Causing sweating.
  • Use as a drying agent (astringent).
  • Use as a tonic.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American ivy 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 Ivy work?

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

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if American ivy is safe. The berries contain chemicals that are considered poisonous.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for American Ivy.

The appropriate dose of American ivy 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 ivy. 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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