POPLAR

OTHER NAME(S):

Balm of Gilead, Balsam Poplar Buds, Bálsamo de Gilead, Baume de Gilead, Bourgeon de Peuplier, Pappelknospen, Peuplier, Peuplier Balsamif&egrave;re, Peuplier Baumier, Peuplier du Canada, Peuplier Euraméricain, Populi Gemma, Populus balsamifera, Populus balsamifera subsp. balsamifera, Populus canadensis, Populus candicans, Populus euramericana, Populus marilandica, Populus serotina, Populus tacamahacca.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Poplar is a plant. The dried, unopened leaf buds are used to make medicine.

Poplar is used as an ingredient in herbal cough medicines. It is also used to loosen chest congestion and as a stimulant.

Some people apply poplar directly to the skin for sores, bruises, cuts, pimples, external hemorrhoids, frostbite, and sunburn.

How does it work?

There isn’t enough information available to know how poplar works.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Cough.
  • Chest congestion.
  • Minor skin injuries, when applied directly.
  • Hemorrhoids, when applied directly.
  • Frostbite, when applied directly.
  • Sunburn, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of poplar for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Poplar is LIKELY SAFE when applied to the skin. However, it can cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

The safety of taking poplar by mouth is unknown.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking poplar if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergies to aspirin or similar medications, a honeybee product called propolis, or Peru balsam: Don’t use poplar if you are allergic to any of these.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for POPLAR Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of poplar 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 poplar. 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:

  • Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.
  • Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.
  • Leung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics. 2nd ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
  • McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.

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