- What other names is Germander known by?
- What is Germander?
- How does Germander work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Germander.
Despite serious safety concerns, people take germander for treating gallbladder conditions, fever, stomachaches, and mild diarrhea; as a digestive aid, germ-killer, and "rinse for gout;" and to help with weight loss.
Some people use germander as a mouthwash to freshen the breath and kill germs in the mouth.
In manufacturing, germander is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Gallbladder conditions.
- Weight loss.
- Use as a germ-killer (antiseptic).
- Use as a mouthwash.
- Other conditions.
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The safety concern is that germander has caused several cases of liver disease (hepatitis) and death.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Germander shouldn't be used by anyone. Some people may be at even higher risk of side effects.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Germander is UNSAFE for anyone to take as medicine. If you take it while pregnant or breast-feeding, you will endanger yourself as well as your baby.
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