Poplar

What other names is Poplar known by?

Balm of Gilead, Balsam Poplar Buds, Bálsamo de Gilead, Baume de Gilead, Bourgeon de Peuplier, Pappelknospen, Peuplier, Peuplier Balsamifère, Peuplier Baumier, Peuplier du Canada, Peuplier Euraméricain, Populi Gemma, Populus balsamifera, Populus balsamifera subsp. balsamifera, Populus canadensis, Populus candicans, Populus euramericana, Populus marilandica, Populus serotina, Populus tacamahacca.

What is Poplar?

Poplar is a plant. The dried, unopened leaf buds are used to make medicine.

Poplar is used as an ingredient in herbal cough medicines. It is also used to loosen chest congestion and as a stimulant.

Some people apply poplar directly to the skin for sores, bruises, cuts, pimples, external hemorrhoids, frostbite, and sunburn.

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  • Cough.
  • Chest congestion.
  • Minor skin injuries, when applied directly.
  • Hemorrhoids, when applied directly.
  • Frostbite, when applied directly.
  • Sunburn, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of poplar for these uses.

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How does Poplar work?

There isn't enough information available to know how poplar works.

Are there safety concerns?

Poplar is LIKELY SAFE when applied to the skin. However, it can cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

The safety of taking poplar by mouth is unknown.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking poplar if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergies to aspirin or similar medications, a honeybee product called propolis, or Peru balsam: Don't use poplar if you are allergic to any of these.

Dosing considerations for Poplar.

The appropriate dose of poplar 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 poplar. 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