Boneset is a plant. People use the dried leaf and flowers to make medicine.
Boneset is used to reduce fever, increase urine output, cause vomiting, and treat constipation.
Boneset is also used to treat influenza, swine flu, acute bronchitis, nasal inflammation, joint pain (rheumatism), fluid retention, dengue fever, and pneumonia; as a stimulant; and to cause sweating.
How does it work?
- Common cold. Early research suggests that taking a specific homeopathic product made from boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum D2) reduces symptoms of the common cold similarly to aspirin.
- Causing vomiting.
- Fluid retention.
- Aching muscles.
- Reducing inflammation.
- Stimulating the immune system.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Boneset is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts. Some plants that are related to boneset contain chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can damage the liver. It is not known if boneset contains these chemicals.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Because boneset may contain liver-damaging chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids, it is considered POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Don’t use it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Boneset may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking boneset.
Liver disease: Boneset contains chemicals called hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). These chemicals might harm the liver, making existing liver disease worse.
The appropriate dose of boneset 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 boneset. 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.