Goutweed

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What other names is Goutweed known by?

Achweed, Aegopodium podagraria, Angelica Menor, Ashweed, Bishop's Elder, Bishop's Goutweed, Bishopsweed, Bishopswort, Égopode Podagraire, Egopodio, Eltroot, English Goatweed, Gout Herb, Goutwort, Ground Elder, Herb Gerard, Herbe de Saint-Gérard, Herbes-aux-Goutteux, Jack-Jump-About, Masterwort, Petite Angélique, Pigweed, Pied d'Aigle, Pied de Chèvre, Podagraire, Weyl Ash, White Ash.

What is Goutweed?

Goutweed is a plant. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine.

Goutweed is used for rheumatic diseases. This is a disease category that includes autoimmune diseases and diseases that affect the joints and soft tissues. Gout and arthritis are examples of rheumatic diseases.

Goutweed is also used for hemorrhoids, as well as for kidney, bladder, and intestinal disorders.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gout and other rheumatic diseases.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Kidney disorders.
  • Bladder disorders.
  • Intestinal disorders.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of goutweed 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 Goutweed work?

There isn't enough information to know how goutweed might work.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if goutweed is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Goutweed.

The appropriate dose of goutweed 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 goutweed. 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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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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