Ciclamen, Coquette, Cyclamen des Alpes, Cyclamen europaeum, Cyclamen d'Europe, Cyclamen purpurascens, Groundbread, Ivy-Leafed Cyclamen, Marron de Cochon, Pain de Pourceau, Rave de Terre, Sowbread, Swinebread, Violeta Persa, Violeta de los Alpes.


Overview Information

Cyclamen is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used as medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take cyclamen by mouth for "nervous emotional states" and problems with digestion. Women take it for menstrual disorders.

Cyclamen is also used as a nose spray to treat a condition called rhinosinusitis (swelling of the nasal passages and sinuses which is usually caused by an infection).

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how cyclamen might work as a medicine when taken by mouth. When used as a nose spray, it seems to help loosen mucus and drain the sinuses.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Rhinosinusitis (swelling of the nasal passages and sinuses which is usually caused by an infection). Early research shows that using a nose spray containing cyclamen every day for 15 days might decrease face pain from sinusitis. But it doesn't seem to improve other symptoms.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • "Nervous emotional states."
  • Digestion problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cyclamen for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Cyclamen is UNSAFE for use by mouth. Symptoms of stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been reported with doses as low as 300 mg. High doses can cause poisoning, with symptoms including spasms and serious breathing problems.

Cyclamen is POSSIBLY SAFE for use as a nose spray. It has been used safely for up to 15 days. Cyclamen nose spray can cause runny nose, sneezing, and nose irritation.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Cyclamen is UNSAFE for anyone to use by mouth, including women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is poisonous. Don't use it.



We currently have no information for CYCLAMEN Interactions.



The appropriate dose of cyclamen 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 cyclamen. 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


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  • Lust J. The herb book. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1999.
  • Pfaar O, Mullol J, Anders C, Hörmann K, Klimek L. Cyclamen europaeum nasal spray, a novel phytotherapeutic product for the management of acute rhinosinusitis: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Rhinology 2012;50(1):37-44. doi: 10.4193/Rhino10.096. View abstract.
  • Ponikau JU, Hamilos DL, Barreto A, et al. An exploratory trial of Cyclamen europaeum extract for acute rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope 2012;122(9):1887-92. doi: 10.1002/lary.23366. View abstract.

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