- What other names is Verbena known by?
- What is Verbena?
- How does Verbena work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Verbena.
Verbena is used for sore throats and respiratory tract diseases such as asthma and whooping cough, and for heart conditions such as chest pain (angina) and fluid retention due to heart failure.
Verbena is also used for depression, hysteria, generalized seizure, gallbladder pain, arthritis, gout, metabolic disorders, "iron-poor blood" (anemia), fever, and recovery after fever.
Other uses include treatment of pain, spasms, exhaustion, nervous conditions, digestive disorders, liver and gallbladder diseases, jaundice, and kidney and lower urinary tract disorders.
Women use verbena for treating symptoms of menopause, irregular menstruation, and increasing milk flow, if breast-feeding.
Some people apply verbena directly to the skin to treat poorly healing wounds, abscesses and burns; for arthritis, joint pain (rheumatism), dislocations, bone bruises (contusions), and itching. Verbena is also used as a gargle for cold symptoms and other conditions of the mouth and throat.
In combination with gentian root, European elder flower, cowslip flower, and sorrel, verbena is used for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating inflamed or swollen sinuses (sinusitis).
In manufacturing, verbena flowers are used as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Nasal swelling (sinusitis). Early research suggests that taking a specific product containing verbena, gentian root, elderflower, cowslip flower, and sorrel (SinuComp, Sinupret) by mouth along with antibiotics and nasal decongestants helps treat sudden or ongoing sinusitis better than the standard medications alone.
- Sore throat.
- Whooping cough.
- Chest pain.
- 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).
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digestive system upset and occasionally allergic skin rash.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking verbena if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2B1 (CYP2B1) substrates)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Verbena might slow down how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking verbena along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects from some medications. Before taking verbena, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking medications that are changed by the liver.
Medications that might be affected include cyclophosphamide, ifosfamide, barbiturates, bromobenzene, and others.
- For sinus infections: the combination of 36 mg of verbena plus 12 mg of gentian root and 36 mg each of elderflower, sorrel, and cowslip flower three times daily.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011