Water Plantain

What other names is Water Plantain known by?

Alisma, Alisma Plantain d'Eau, Alismatis Plantago, Alisma plantago-aquatica, Alisma plantago-aquatica subsp. orientale, Alisma orientale, Alisma plantago-aquatica var. orientale, Alismatis Plantago, American Water Plantain, Asian Water Plantain, Llanten de Agua, Mad-Dog Weed, Plantain, Plantain d'Eau, Rhizoma Alismatis, Ze Xie.

What is Water Plantain?

Water plantain is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse water plantain with other plantain species such as buckhorn plantain.

Despite safety concerns, water plantain is used for bladder and urinary tract diseases.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bladder and urinary tract diseases.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of water plantain for these uses.

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How does Water Plantain work?

There isn't enough information to know how water plantain works.

Are there safety concerns?

Water plantain may be UNSAFE and toxic. The fresh rootstock is thought to be poisonous.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Water plantain may be UNSAFE for anyone, including pregnant and breast-feeding women. Do not use it.

Dosing considerations for Water Plantain.

The appropriate dose of water plantain 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 water plantain. 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