Mouse Ear

What other names is Mouse Ear known by?

Épervière Piloselle, Hawkweed, Herbe à l'Épervier, Hieracium pilosella, Oreille de Rat, Oreille de Souris, Pilosella officinarum, Piloselle, Vellosilla, Veluette.

What is Mouse Ear?

Mouse ear is a plant. The flowering parts are used to make medicine.

People take mouse ear for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and whooping cough. It is also used to treat fluid retention, intestinal gas, and colic; and to promote sweating.

Mouse ear is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of mouse ear for these uses.

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How does Mouse Ear work?

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

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if mouse ear is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Allergy to ragweed, daisies, and related plants: Mouse ear may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking mouse ear.

Dosing considerations for Mouse Ear.

The appropriate dose of mouse ear 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 mouse ear. 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