YERBA SANTA

OTHER NAME(S):

Bear's Weed, Consumptive's Weed, Eriodictyon, Eriodictyon californicum, Eriodictyon glutinosum, Gum Bush, Gum Plant, Herbe des Montagnes, Herbe à Ourse, Herbe Sacrée, Herbe Sainte, Hierba Santa, Holy Herb, Holy Weed, Mountain Balm, Sacred Herb, Tarweed, Wigandia californicum.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Yerba santa is an herb. The leaf is used to make medicine.

Yerba santa is used for respiratory conditions including cough, cold, tuberculosis, asthma, and long-term swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs (chronic bronchitis). It is also used for fever and dry mouth. Some people use it to relieve muscle spasms and to loosen phlegm.

Yerba santa is sometimes applied directly to the skin in a warm dressing (poultice) to treat bruises, sprains, wounds, insect bites, and to relieve joint pain (rheumatism).

In foods and beverages, an extract of yerba santa is used as a flavoring.

In the manufacturing of medications, yerba santa is used to mask the bitter taste of certain drugs.

How does it work?

Yerba santa contains chemicals that are thought to loosen mucus in the chest and may increase urination.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Asthma.
  • Common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Fever.
  • Long-term swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs (chronic bronchitis).
  • Loosening mucus.
  • Spasms.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yerba santa for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Yerba santa is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in amounts commonly found in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information available to know if yerba santa is safe when taken in the amounts found in medicines or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information available to know if yerba santa is safe when applied to the skin or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Lithium interacts with YERBA SANTA

    Yerba santa might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking yerba santa might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of yerba santa 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 yerba santa. 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:

  • Fischer W, Currais A, Liang Z, Pinto A, Maher P. Old age-associated phenotypic screening for Alzheimer's disease drug candidates identifies sterubin as a potent neuroprotective compound from Yerba santa. Redox Biol. 2019:101089. View abstract.
  • Liu YL, Ho DK, Cassady JM, et al. Isolation of potential cancer chemopreventive agents from Eriodictyon californicum. J Nat Prod 1992;55:357-63. View abstract.
  • Weiner MA, Weiner JA. Herbs that heal: prescription for herbal healing. Mill Valley, CA:Quantum Books, 1999.
  • Remington, JP, Wood, HC, and et al. The dispensatory of the United States of America, 20th ed.1918.
  • Ritter, FW. Eriodictyon glutinosum. Am J Pharm 1895;67:1-7.
  • The British Pharmaceutical Codex. Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1911.
  • Westmoreland, J. Yerba santa in influenza. Lancet 1898;151(3895):1114-1115.

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