White Soapwort

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What other names is White Soapwort known by?

Gisófila, Gypsophila paniculata, Gypsophilae Radix, Gypsophile Paniculé, Nube, Paniculata, Saponaire Blanche, Saponaire d'Orient, Saponaria Blanca, Soapwort, Velo de Novia.

What is White Soapwort?

White soapwort is an herb. Its name comes from the fact that Franciscan and Dominican monks in the Middle Ages considered soapwort a divine gift that was meant to keep them clean. The root is used to make medicine.

People take white soapwort for cough, bronchitis, and swelling (inflammation) of the upper airways and lungs.

White soapwort is sometimes applied directly to the skin for ongoing (chronic) skin problems and eczema.

Don't confuse white soapwort with red soapwort.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cough.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the upper airways and lungs.
  • Skin problems such as eczema.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white soapwort 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).

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How does White Soapwort work?

White soapwort has chemicals that help to break up chest congestion by thinning mucous and making it easier to cough up.

Are there safety concerns?

White soapwort seems safe for most adults when taken by mouth appropriately. It can cause stomach irritation, nausea, and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of white soapwort during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Stomach and intestinal irritation: White soapwort might make stomach and intestinal problems worse.

Dosing considerations for White Soapwort.

The appropriate dose of white soapwort 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 white soapwort. 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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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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