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Overview Information

Tormentil is an herb. The root of tormentil is used to make medicine.

People use tormentil as a tea for diarrhea, stomach problems, and fever.

Tormentil tincture, an alcoholic preparation of the root, is sometimes applied to small cuts to stop bleeding. It is also added to water and used as a rinse or mouthwash to treat sore throat. But there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

How does it work?

Tormentil contains ingredients called tannins that might help reduce skininflammation, and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues. This drying effect may help control diarrhea and stop bleeding.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Tormentil is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth, short-term. Tormentil extract has been safely used in doses of up to 3 grams daily for up to 3 weeks. Side effects may include mild abdominal pain and heart burn. There isn't enough information to know if tormentil is safe when used for longer than 3 weeks.

When applied to the skin: Tormentil is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Children: Tormentil root extract is POSSIBLY SAFE in children when taken by mouth for up to 5 days. There isn't enough information to know if it is safe in children when used for longer than 5 days.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough information to know if tormentil is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



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The appropriate dose of tormentil 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 tormentil. 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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