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Stone root is an herb. It has a strong, unpleasant smell that some people consider overwhelming. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used to make medicine.
Stone root is used to treat urinary tract problems including bladder pain and swelling (inflammation), stones in the kidney and elsewhere in the urinary tract, and excess uric acid in the urine. It is also used to increase urine flow to relieve water retention (edema).
Some people use stone root for stomach and intestinal problems including indigestion.
Other uses include treatment of headaches and use as a tonic.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information available to know how stone root works.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Bladder inflammation.
- Water retention (edema).
- Kidney stones.
- Stomach and intestinal problems.
- Other conditions.
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).
Stone root seems to be safe. Taking large amounts of stone root can cause some side effects such as dizziness, nausea, painful urination, and stomach irritation.
LithiumInteraction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Stone root might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking stone root might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Stone root seems to work like "water pills." Stone root and "water pills" might cause the body to get rid of potassium along with water. Taking stone root along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.
Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.
The appropriate dose of stone root 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 stone root. 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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