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

European Sanicle, Herbe aux Charpentiers, Herbe aux Chênes, Herbe de Saint Laurent, Herbe aux Vaches, Poolroot, Sanicle d'Europe, Sanícula, Sanicula europaea, Saniculae Herba, Sanicule, Self-Heal, Wood Sanicle.


Sanicle is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

People take sanicle for swollen airways (bronchitis) and cough.

Be careful not to confuse sanicle (Sanicula europaea) with Prunella vulgaris, both of which are known as “self-heal.” Also be careful not to confuse Sanicula europaea with Astrantia major, both of which are known as “sanicle.”

How does it work?

Sanicle seems to thin mucus to make it easier to cough up.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cough.
  • Swollen airways (bronchitis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sanicle 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

Sanicle is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth. In large amounts, it may cause some side effects including stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

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

Stomach or intestinal disorders (such as ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive tract problems): Sanicle can make these conditions worse. Don't use sanicle if you have stomach or intestinal problems.


The appropriate dose of sanicle 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 sanicle. 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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