Greater Burnet

What other names is Greater Burnet known by?

Garden Burnet, Grand Boucage, Grand Burnet, Grande Pimprenelle, Pimpinela Mayor, Poterium officinale, Sanguisorba, Sanguisorba carnea, Sanguisorba officinalis, Sanguisorba polygama, Sanguisorbe Officinale, Zi Yu.

What is Greater Burnet?

Greater burnet is a plant. The flowering parts are used to make medicine.

Greater burnet is used for ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, dysentery, and bladder problems. It is also used for blood vessel problems including hemorrhoids, swollen veins (phlebitis), and varicose veins.

Women use greater burnet for heavy menstrual flow during menopause, hot flashes, and irregular menstrual flow.

Some people put greater burnet in a dressing (plaster) and apply it to the skin for wounds and boils.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of greater burnet for these uses.

How does Greater Burnet work?

There is some information that greater burnet might work as a drying agent (astringent) to help stop bleeding.

Are there safety concerns?

It is not known if greater burnet 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 greater burnet during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Greater Burnet.

The appropriate dose of greater burnet 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 greater burnet. 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.

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