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Overview Information

Scarlet pimpernel is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take scarlet pimpernel for depression, liver disorders, herpes, painful joints, and as supportive treatment of cancer. It is also used for painful kidney disorders, particularly those with swelling and an increase in urination.

Some people apply scarlet pimpernel directly to the skin for painful joints, poorly healing wounds, and itchiness.

How does it work?

Scarlet pimpernel contains chemicals that might have activity against some bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It also appears to have estrogen-like effects and might have negative effects on human sperm.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Scarlet pimpernel appears to be UNSAFE for long-term use when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Scarlet pimpernel can cause swelling (inflammation) of the stomach, intestines, and kidneys with long-term use or high doses.

There isn’t enough information to know if scarlet pimpernel is safe for short-term use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use scarlet pimpernel if you are pregnant. It might make the uterus contract, and this could cause a miscarriage. Additionally, long-term use or high doses can lead to swelling of the stomach, intestines, and kidneys. The safety of short-term use is unknown. Stay on the safe side and avoid using scarlet pimpernel if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Scarlet pimpernel might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use scarlet pimpernel.

Difficulty conceiving a child (infertility): Scarlet pimpernel might harm sperm. If you are a woman trying to conceive a child or a man trying to father a child, don’t use scarlet pimpernel.



We currently have no information for SCARLET PIMPERNEL Interactions.



The appropriate dose of scarlet pimpernel 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 scarlet pimpernel. 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


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

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