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Other Names:

Bengal Madder, Dyer's Madder, Farberrote, Garança, Garance, Garance des Teinturiers, Indian Madder, Robbia, Rouge des Teinturiers, Rubia, Rubia de Tintas, Rubia tinctorum, Rubiae Tinctorum Radix.

MADDER Overview
MADDER Side Effects
MADDER Interactions
MADDER Overview Information

Madder is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take madder by mouth for preventing and dissolving kidney stones, as well as and for treating general menstrual disorders, and urinary tract disorders, blood disorders, bruises, jaundice, paralysis, spleen disorders, and sciatica. It is also used to promote urination, as an aphrodiasiac, and as a tonic.

Madder is also applied to the skin for certain skin conditions and to promote wound healing.

How does it work?

Some chemicals in madder might help prevent kidney stones. The chemical in madder known as alizarin might block a protein that is needed by the HIV virus to replicate.

MADDER Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Kidney stones.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Urinary problems.
  • Blood disorders.
  • Bruises.
  • Jaundice.
  • Paralysis.
  • Spleen disorders.
  • Pain along the sciatic nerve (sciatica).
  • Wound healing.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of madder for these uses.

MADDER Side Effects & Safety

Madder is considered LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The chemicals in madder may cause cancer. Madder can also cause urine, saliva, perspiration, tears, and breast milk to turn red in color.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take madder by mouth if you are pregnant. It might start your menstrual period and that could cause a miscarriage. Madder might also cause birth defects.

It's also UNSAFE to use madder if you are breast-feeding. It might harm the nursing baby, and it might turn breast milk red.

MADDER Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for MADDER Interactions


The appropriate dose of madder 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 madder. 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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