Coral Root

What other names is Coral Root known by?

Chicken Toe, Coraline, Corallorhiza, Corallorhiza odontorhiza, Corallorhize Trifide, Crawley, Crawley Root, Cymbidium odontorhizum, Fever Root, Orchidée-Corail, Racine de Corail, Scaley Dragon's Claw, Turkey Claw.

What is Coral Root?

Coral root is an herb. People use the root or underground stem (rhizome) to make medicine.

People take coral root for colds and for causing sweating.

Don't confuse coral root with coral.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Colds.
  • Causing sweating.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of coral root 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 Coral Root work?

Coral root might help cause sweating, reduce fever, and promote drowsiness.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if coral root is safe for use as a medicine or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Coral Root.

The appropriate dose of coral root 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 coral root. 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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