Overview

American white water lily is a plant that grows in ponds, lakes, and streams. The bulb and root are used to make medicine.

People take American white water lily by mouth for diarrhea and apply it to the body for vaginal conditions, diseases of the throat and mouth, and for burns and boils, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

American white water lily contains chemicals called tannins that probably help treat diarrhea by reducing swelling (inflammation). The tannins might also help kill some germs.

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