Chervil

What other names is Chervil known by?

Anthriscus cerefolium, Anthriscus longirostris, Cerefolio, Cerfeuil, Cerfeuil Commun, Cerfeuil Cultivé, Cerfeuil des Jardins, Garden Chervil, Herbe Aiguillée, Perifolio, Perifollo, Persil d'Âne, Persil d'Anis, Salad Chervil, Scandix cerefolium.

What is Chervil?

Chervil is an herb. People use the leaves and dried flowering parts, as well as the juice, to make medicine.

Chervil is used for fluid retention, cough, digestion problems, and high blood pressure.

Juice from fresh chervil is used for gout, pockets of infection (abscesses), and a skin condition called eczema.

In foods and beverages, chervil is used as a flavoring.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chervil 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 Chervil work?

Chervil is a good source of calcium and potassium. There isn't enough information available to understand how chervil might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Chervil and chervil extracts are LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. However, there isn't enough information to know if chervil is safe in medicinal amounts, which are typically higher.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use chervil in medicinal amounts if you are pregnant. It contains chemicals that might cause a change (mutation) in the genes of the developing fetus.

Dosing considerations for Chervil.

The appropriate dose of chervil for use as treatment 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 chervil. 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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