POTENTILLA Overview Information
Potentilla is an herb. The flower and leaf are used to make medicine.
People take potentilla as a tea for diarrhea. Women take it for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and for mildly painful menstrual periods.
Potentilla is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for soreness and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat.
Don’t confuse potentilla (Potentilla anserina) with agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) or tormentil (Potentilla erecta), which are also referred to as potentilla.
It’s also important to distinguish between potentilla and jewelweed, because both are known as silverweed.
How does it work?
Potentilla contains chemicals called tannins that might help reduce skin inflammation and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Mildly painful menstruation.
- Mouth and throat swelling (inflammation), when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
The appropriate dose of potentilla 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 potentilla. 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.