- What other names is Heather known by?
- What is Heather?
- How does Heather work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Heather.
People take heather as a tea for kidney and lower urinary tract conditions, prostate enlargement, fluid retention, gout, arthritis, sleep disorders, breathing problems, cough, and colds. They also take it for digestive disorders such as diarrhea, spasms, and stomach pain (colic), and for diseases of the liver and gallbladder. It is sometimes used to cause sweating.
In combination with other herbs, heather is used for treating diabetes, menstrual discomfort, menopause, and nervous exhaustion. Other uses include stimulation of digestion and regulation of the circulatory system.
Some people add heather to bathwater for treating wounds.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Kidney and lower urinary tract conditions.
- Prostate enlargement.
- Fluid retention.
- Stomach pain (colic).
- Liver diseases.
- Gallbladder problems.
- Wounds, when used in the bath.
- Other conditions.
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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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of heather during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011