AMERICAN SPIKENARD

OTHER NAME(S):

Anis Sauvage, Aralia à Grappes, Aralia racemosa, Aralie Épineuse, Aralie à Grappes, Espinardo Americano, Grande Salsepareille, Indian Root, Life-of-Man, Life of Man, Old Man's Root, Pettymorell, Salsepareille d’Amérique, Spignet, Small Spikenard, Spikenard.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

American spikenard is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

People take American spikenard for colds, chronic coughs, asthma, and arthritis. It is also used to loosen chest congestion, boost tissue regrowth, and promote sweating.

Some people apply American spikenard directly to the skin as an alternative to sarsaparilla for treating skin diseases.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how American spikenard works.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know if American spikenard is safe. If applied directly to the skin, it might be irritating.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use American spikenard if you are pregnant. It’s also best to avoid using it if you are breast-feeding, since there isn’t enough information to know whether or not it is safe for a nursing infant.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for AMERICAN SPIKENARD Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of American spikenard 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 American spikenard. 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:

  • Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.
  • 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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