- What other names is Cowslip known by?
- What is Cowslip?
- How does Cowslip work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Cowslip.
Cowslip flower is used for swollen nose and throat, cough, bronchitis, trouble sleeping (insomnia), headache, hysteria, nerve pain (neuralgia), and tremors. It is also used to increase urine production, to reduce muscle spasms, as a "heart tonic" for sensations of dizziness and "weak heart," and to treat heart failure, whooping cough, asthma, gout, and nervous system complaints.
In combination with gentian root, European elder flower, verbena, and sorrel, cowslip is used for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating swollen and painful sinuses (sinusitis).
Possibly Effective for...
- Inflamed nasal passages or sinusitis. Some research suggests that taking a specific combination of cowslip, gentian root, European elder flower, verbena, and sorrel (SinuComp by Sinupret) improves symptoms of sinusitis.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Bronchitis. Developing research suggests taking cowslip root in combination with thyme (Bronchipret) by mouth relieves symptoms of bronchitis such as coughing, fever, and increased production of mucus.
- Whooping cough.
- Nervous excitability.
- Nerve pain.
- Fluid retention.
- Nervous system complaints.
- Other conditions.
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digestive system upset and occasionally allergic skin rash.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cowslip if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
High blood pressure, low blood pressure: There is some concern that cowslip might interfere with blood pressure control.
- For sudden or ongoing swollen sinuses (sinusitis): a specific combination product (SinuComp, Sinupret) containing 36 mg of cowslip flower plus 12 mg of gentian root and 36 mg each of European elder flower, verbena, and sorrel three times daily.
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