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Overview Information

Cypress is a tree or shrub. The branch, cone, and oil are used for medicine.

People take cypress by mouth for coughs and colds. It is also used for a prostate condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). People use cypress as an ointment for head colds, cough, and bronchitis, as well as for hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

How does it work?

Cypress contains chemicals called terpenes. These chemicals might change the way cells work.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough reliable information available to know if cypress is safe. It might cause kidney irritation. Some people are allergic to cypress pollen when they breathe it in.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of cypress if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bleeding disorders: Cypress might prolong bleeding time and increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. If you have a bleeding disorder, use cypress with caution.

Allergies: People who are sensitive to cedar or peaches might have allergic reactions to cypress.

Surgery: Cypress might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking cypress at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



We currently have no information for CYPRESS Interactions.



The appropriate dose of cypress 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 cypress. 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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