Barbe de Bouc, Barbe de Ch&egrave;vre, 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.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

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

Meadowsweet is used for colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, and joint disorders including gout. It is also used to increase urine output and kill germs in the urine of people with bladder infections.

How does it work?

Meadowsweet contains tannins, which might decrease inflammation (swelling) and decrease mucus (phlegm). It also has small amounts of salicylates, which are similar to aspirin.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of meadowsweet for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Meadowsweet, when taken appropriately, might be safe for most people. It can cause stomach complaints including nausea. Skin rashes and lung tightness can also occur.

If taken in large amounts or for a long period of time, meadowsweet might not be safe. Too much meadowsweet can cause blood in the stool, vomiting, ringing in the ears, kidney problems, and other side effects.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use meadowsweet if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it could make the uterus contract, causing a miscarriage.

Not enough is known about the safety of using meadowsweet during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Aspirinallergy: 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.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • 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.<br /> 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.



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.

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