Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Akarakarabha, Akarkara, Anacyclus pyrethrum, Anthemis pyrethrum, Camomille Marocaine, Camomille Pyrèthre, Pelitre, Pyrèthre d'Afrique, Racine Salivaire, Sainte Hildegarde, Salivaire, Spanish Pellitory.


Pellitory is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take pellitory for treating arthritis and for improving digestion.

Pellitory is sometimes applied directly to the gums for toothaches and to the skin to kill insects.

Don't confuse pellitory with another plant called pellitory-of-the-wall.

How does it work?

Pellitory might stimulate nerve endings.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Arthritis.
  • Improving digestion.
  • Toothaches, when applied to the gums.
  • Killing insects, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pellitory 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

There isn't enough information to know if pellitory is safe. Skin redness and irritation may occur in some people with overuse.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

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

Allergy to ragweed, daisies, and related plants: Pellitory 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 pellitory.


The appropriate dose of pellitory 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 pellitory. 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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