LIVERWORT

OTHER NAME(S):

American Liverleaf, Anemone acutiloba, Anémone à Lobes Aigus, Anemone americana, Anemone hepatica, Anémone d'Amérique, Anémone Hépatique, Bryopsidée, Hepatica nobilis var. acuta, Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa, Hepática, Hepatici Noblis Herba, Hépatique d'Amérique, Hépatique à Lobes Aigus, Herb Trinity, Kidney Wort, Leberbluemchenkraut, Liverleaf, Liverweed, Liverwort-Leaf, Round-Leaved Hepatica, Round-Lobe Hepatica, Sharp-Lobe Hepatica, Trefoil.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Liverwort is a plant. People make medicine out of the fresh or dried parts that grow above the ground.

Despite serious safety concerns, liverwort is used for treating gallstones and liver conditions including jaundice, liver enlargement, hepatitis, and liver cirrhosis. It is also used for treating stomach and digestive tract discomfort, stimulating appetite, relieving sensation of fullness, regulating bowel function, and stimulating the pancreas.

Some people use liverwort for treating varicose veins, lowering cholesterol, stimulating blood circulation, and “purifying” blood.

Women use liverwort for relieving symptoms of menopause.

Other uses include strengthening nerves, stimulating metabolism, promoting relaxation, and as a general tonic.

Liverwort is sometimes applied directly to hemorrhoids.

How does it work?

Liverwort might stimulate the central nervous system (CNS).

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Fresh liverwort is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. It can cause many side effects such as diarrhea, stomach irritation, and kidney and urinary tract irritation when taken by mouth. When applied directly to the skin, fresh liverwort can cause irritation, itching, and pus-filled blisters.

It isn’t known if dried liverwort is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take liverwort by mouth or apply it to the skin. It’s especially important to avoid using liverwort if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for LIVERWORT Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of liverwort 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 liverwort. 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:

  • Zhang W, Leonard T, Bath-Hextall F, et al. Chinese herbal medicine for atopic eczema. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2004;4:CD002291. View abstract.
  • Tamehiro, N., Sato, Y., Suzuki, T., Hashimoto, T., Asakawa, Y., Yokoyama, S., Kawanishi, T., Ohno, Y., Inoue, K., Nagao, T., and Nishimaki-Mogami, T. Riccardin C: a natural product that functions as a liver X receptor (LXR)alpha agonist and an LXRbeta antagonist. FEBS Lett 10-10-2005;579(24):5299-5304. View abstract.
  • Storrs, F. J., Mitchell, J. C., and Rasmussen, J. E. Contact hypersensitivity to liverwort and the compositae family of plants. Cutis 1976;18(5):681-686. View abstract.

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