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    ENGLISH IVY

    Other Names:

    Gum Ivy, Hedera helix, Hedera taurica, Hederae Helicis Folium, Herbes à Cors, Hiedra Común, Ivy, Lierre, Lierre Commun, Lierre Grimpant, True Ivy, Woodbind.

    ENGLISH IVY Overview
    ENGLISH IVY Uses
    ENGLISH IVY Side Effects
    ENGLISH IVY Interactions
    ENGLISH IVY Dosing
    ENGLISH IVY Overview Information

    English ivy is a vine. The leaves are used to make medicine.

    People take English ivy by mouth for swelling and blockage of airway passages, to treat and improve lung function in people with bronchial swelling, to help bring up mucus and other material up from the lungs, for liver disorders, spleen disorders, gallbladder disorders, gout, joint pain and swelling, and scrofulosis.

    People apply English ivy to the skin for burns, calluses, skin infection, inflammation, nerve pain, parasites, ulcers, joint pain and swelling, and vein swelling.

    How does it work?

    English ivy might stimulate mucus glands and have expectorant properties. This might improve lung function in people with breathing difficulty due to swelling and blockage of airway passages. English ivy might also have antioxidant effects.

    ENGLISH IVY Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Bronchitis. Early research shows that taking cough syrup (Prospan; Panoto-s; Athos; Abrilar) or herbal drops (Prospan Herbal Drops) containing English ivy leaf extract by mouth, alone or with usual treatment, for about 1-3 weeks might improve lung function in children ages <1 to 15 years, as well as adults, with sudden or recurring bronchitis. however, it's too soon to tell if the improvement is due to english ivy extract, the usual treatment, or natural course of the disease.</li>
    • Liver disorders.
    • Spleen disorders.
    • Gallbladder disorders.
    • Gout.
    • Joint pain and swelling.
    • Scrofulosis.
    • Skin wounds.
    • Nerve pain.
    • Ulcers.
    • Parasites.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of English ivy for these uses.


    ENGLISH IVY Side Effects & Safety

    Cough syrup (Prospan; Panoto-s; Athos; Abrilar) containing English ivy leaf extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth three times daily for 1 week. English ivy leaf might cause skin irritation when taken by mouth. English ivy leaf extract might cause mild stomach problems.

    Not enough is known about the safety of applying English ivy to the skin. In some people, contact with English ivy leaf might cause allergic skin reactions. But this is fairly uncommon.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

    Children: Cough syrup (Prospan; Panoto-s; Athos; Abrilar) or herbal drops (Prospan) containing English ivy leaf extract are POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth three times daily for up to 20 days.

    ENGLISH IVY Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for ENGLISH IVY Interactions

    ENGLISH IVY Dosing

    The appropriate dose of English ivy 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 English ivy. 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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