Aromatic Sumac, Fragrant Sumac, Polecatbush, Rhus aromatica, Rhus canadensis, Skunkbrush, Squawbush, Sumac Aromatique, Zumaque Aromático, Zumaque Fragante, Zumaque Oloroso.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

Sweet sumach is a plant. The root bark is used to make medicine.

People take sweet sumach for kidney and bladder problems including irritable bladder, difficulty in controlling urination, and bed-wetting. They also take it to treat excessive bleeding (hemorrhage) from the uterus.

How does it work?

There isn’t enough information available to understand how sweet sumach works.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Kidney and bladder problems.
  • Uterine bleeding.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet sumach for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn’t enough information available to know if sweet sumach is safe. Sweet sumach belongs to the same family as poison ivy and can cause skin reactions.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of sweet sumach during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for SWEET SUMACH Interactions.



The appropriate dose of sweet sumach 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 sweet sumach. 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


  • Foster S, Duke JA. The Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants: Eastern and Central North America. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990.

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