Cypress Spurge, Euforbia, Euforbia Ciprés, Euphorbe Cyprès, Euphorbe Faux-Cyprès, Euphorbe à Feuilles de Cyprès, Euphorbe Petit-Cyprès, Euphorbia cyparissias, Lechetrezna, Rhubarbe des Pauvres, Rhubarbe du Paysan.


Overview Information

Euphorbia cyparissias is a plant. The above-ground parts and root are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, some people use Euphorbia cyparissias for constipation, toothache, warts, corns, and other conditions. But there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how Euphorbia cyparissias might work.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Constipation.
  • Corns.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Lung problems.
  • Skin problems.
  • Toothache.
  • Warts.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Euphorbia cyparissias for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Euphorbia cyparissias is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The plant contains a poisonous white milky liquid (white latex) and chemicals that can cause cancer. Both the fresh and dried products are unsafe. Euphorbia cyparissias can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and burning of the mouth. In large amounts it causes dilation of the pupils, dizziness, severe diarrhea, near unconsciousness, irregular heartbeat, and collapse

When applied to the skin: Euphorbia cyparissias is UNSAFE. It can cause rash, reddening, itching, burning, and blisters. Getting Euphorbia cyparissias in the eye can cause swelling of the eye and eyelid, as well as damage to the cornea and other parts of the eye.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use Euphorbia cyparissias if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It has many harmful effects when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.



We currently have no information for EUPHORBIA CYPARISSIAS Interactions.



The appropriate dose of Euphorbia cyparissias 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 Euphorbia cyparissias. 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


  • Fleischman D, Meyer JJ, Fowler WC. Keratouveitis from Euphorbia cyparissias exposure is a temporal phenomenon. Clin Ophthalmol 2012;6:851-3. doi: 10.2147/OPTH.S32209. View abstract.

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