Bear's Garlic

What other names is Bear's Garlic known by?

Ail des Bois, Ail à Feuilles Larges, Ail des Ours, Ail Pétiolé, Ajo de Oso, Ajo Silvestre, Allium ursinum, Bear Garlic, Broad-leaved Garlic, Ramsons, Wild Garlic.

What is Bear's Garlic?

Bear's garlic is a plant. The leaf and bulb are used to make medicine.

People take bear's garlic for indigestion, intestinal gas, high blood pressure, and "hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis).

Some people apply bear's garlic directly to the skin for ongoing rashes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bear's garlic for these uses.

How does Bear's Garlic work?

Bear's garlic has chemicals that might help protect against heart disease, by reducing blood platelet activity and lowering blood pressure.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if bear's garlic is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bear's garlic during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Bear's Garlic.

The appropriate dose of bear's garlic 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 bear's garlic. 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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011