Jacob's Ladder

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What other names is Jacob's Ladder known by?

Bâton de Jacob, Charity, Échelle de Jacob, English Green Valerian, Escalera de Jacobo, Jacobs Ladder, Polemoine Bleue, Polémoine Bleue, Polémoine Céruléenne, Polemonium caeruleum, Valériane Grecque.

What is Jacob's Ladder?

Jacob's ladder is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take Jacob's ladder for fever and swelling (inflammation). They also take it to dry out tissues (as an astringent) and to promote sweating.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Fever.
  • Inflammation.
  • Promoting sweating.
  • Promoting drying of tissues (as an astringent).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Jacob's ladder 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 Jacob's Ladder work?

There isn't enough information to know how Jacob's ladder might work.

Are there safety concerns?

It is not known if Jacob's ladder 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 Jacob's ladder during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Jacob's Ladder.

The appropriate dose of Jacob's ladder 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 Jacob's ladder. 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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