Ground Pine

Last Editorial Review: 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Ajuga chamaepitys, Bugle, Bugle Jaune, Bugle Petit Pin, Búgula Amarilla, Ive, Ivette, Teucrium chamaepitys, Yellow Bugle.


Ground pine is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take ground pine for gout, muscle and joint pain (rheumatism), fluid retention (edema), a disease that involves generalized hardening of tissue (sclerosis), and malaria. Women take it to start their menstrual periods and to treat other “female complaints.” Ground pine is sometimes used as a tonic and to cause sweating.

Some people apply ground pine directly to the skin for wound healing.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how ground pine might work as a medicine.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gout.
  • Joint and muscle pain (rheumatism).
  • Malaria.
  • Fluid retention (edema).
  • Causing sweating.
  • Starting menstrual periods.
  • Use as a tonic.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ground pine 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).

Side Effects

It isn't known if ground pine is safe for use as a medicine or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

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


The appropriate dose of ground pine 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 ground pine. 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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