MEADOWSWEET

OTHER NAME(S):

Barbe de Bouc, Barbe de Chèvre, Bridewort, Dolloff, Dropwort, Fausse Spirée, Filipendula, Filipendula ulmaria, Filipendule, Lady of the Meadow, Mariée de la Prairie, Meadow Queen, Meadow Sweet, Meadow-Wart, Petite Reine, Queen of the Meadow, Racine de Gravier, Reina de los Prados, Reine de la Prairie, Reine des Prés, Reine-des-Prés, Spiraeae Flos, Spireae Herba, Spiraea ulmaria, Spirée Ulmaire, Ulmaria.

Overview

Overview Information

Meadowsweet is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Meadowsweet is used for colds, heartburn, arthritis, bladder infections, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that meadowsweet may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using meadowsweet for COVID-19.

How does it work?

Meadowsweet contains chemicals which might decrease inflammation (swelling). It also contains some chemicals called salicylates, which are similar to aspirin.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Short-term swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs (acute bronchitis).
  • Heartburn.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Gout.
  • Joint problems.
  • Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of meadowsweet for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Meadowsweet is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately. It can cause stomach complaints including nausea and skin rashes. If taken in large amounts or for a long period of time, meadowsweet is POSSIBLY UNSAFE.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use meadowsweet if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it could make the uterus contract, causing a miscarriage. There isn't enough reliable information to know if meadowsweet is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Aspirin allergy: Meadowsweet contains chemicals that are similar to the chemicals in aspirin. There is a concern that people who are allergic to aspirin might also be allergic to meadowsweet.

Asthma: Meadowsweet can cause lung spasms, so there is a concern that it might make asthma worse.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Aspirin interacts with MEADOWSWEET

    Meadowsweet contains chemicals similar to aspirin. Taking meadowsweet along with aspirin might increase the effects and side effects of aspirin.

  • Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate (Trilisate) interacts with MEADOWSWEET

    Meadowsweet contains chemicals that are similar to choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate). Taking meadowsweet along with choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate) might increase the effects and side effects of choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate).

  • Medications for pain (Narcotic drugs) interacts with MEADOWSWEET

    The body breaks down some medications for pain to get rid of them. Meadowsweet might decrease how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain. By decreasing how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain, meadowsweet might increase the effects and side effects of some medications for pain.
    Some medications for pain include meperidine (Demerol), hydrocodone, morphine, OxyContin, and many others.

  • Salsalate (Disalcid) interacts with MEADOWSWEET

    Salsalate (Disalcid) is called a salicylate. It's similar to aspirin. Meadowsweet also contains a salicylate similar to aspirin. Taking salsalate with meadowsweet might cause there to be too much salicylates in the body. This might increase the effects and side effects of salicylates.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of meadowsweet 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 meadowsweet. 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.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Katanic J, Boroja T, Mihailovic V, et al. In vitro and in vivo assessment of meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) as anti-inflammatory agent. J Ethnopharmacol. 2016;193:627-636. View abstract.

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