- What other names is Avens known by?
- What is Avens?
- How does Avens work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Avens.
Benedict's Herb, Bennet's Root, Benoîte, Benoîte Commune, Benoîte Urbaine, Benoîte des Villes, Cariofilada, Colewort, Geum, Geum urbanum, Herb Bennet, Herbe Bénite, Herbe du Bon Soldat, Herbe à la Fièvre, Herbe de Saint-Benoît, Hierba de San Benito.
Avens is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
In foods, avens is used as a flavoring.
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Avens contains chemicals called tannins that help treat diarrhea by reducing swelling (inflammation).
Avens is safe when used in small amounts as a food flavoring. There isn't enough information to know if it is safe when used in larger medicinal amounts.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Avens might be UNSAFE to take if you are pregnant. It seems to affect the menstrual cycle, and this might cause a miscarriage.
The appropriate dose of avens 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 avens. 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.
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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