- What other names is Bistort known by?
- What is Bistort?
- How does Bistort work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Bistort.
Bistort is used for digestion problems, particularly diarrhea.
Some people apply bistort directly to the affected area for mouth and throat infections, and for wounds.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Digestion problems such as diarrhea, when taken by mouth.
- Mouth and throat infections, when applied directly.
- Wounds, when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bistort during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications taken by mouth (Oral drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Bistort contains a large amount of chemicals called tannins. Tannins absorb substances in the stomach and intestines. Taking bistort 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 bistort at least 1 hour after medications you take by mouth.
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