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Overview Information

Fireweed is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above ground are used to make medicine.

Fireweed is taken by mouth for migraines, sleep problems, anemia, infections, colds, ulcers, stomach and intestinal problems, pain and swelling (inflammation), fevers, tumors, wounds, enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH), and other prostate and bladder problems.

Fireweed is used on the skin for burns, rashes, and other skin problems. It is also used in the ear, nose, and throat to reduce swelling.

How does it work?

Fireweed might contain substances that reduce swelling (inflammation).


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Colds.
  • Fevers.
  • Migraines.
  • Prostate health.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Tumors.
  • Wounds.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of fireweed for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Fireweed seems to be safe for most adults.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of fireweed during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for FIREWEED Interactions.



The appropriate dose of fireweed 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 fireweed. 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


  • - Carroll AB, Pallardy SG, Galen C. Drought stress, plant water status, and floral trait expression in fireweed, Epilobium angustifolium (Onagraceae). Am J Bot. 2001;88(3):438-46. View abstract.
  • Hiermann A, Bucar F. Studies of Epilobium angustifolium extracts on growth of accessory sexual organs in rats. J Ethnopharmacol 1997;55:179-83. View abstract.
  • Hiermann A, Juan H, Sametz W. Influence of Epilobium extracts on prostaglandin biosynthesis and carrageenin induced edema of the rat paw. J Ethnopharmacol 1986;17:161-9. View abstract.
  • Hiermann A, Reidlinger M, Juan H, Sametz W. [Isolation of the antiphlogistic principle from Epilobium angustifolium]. Planta Med 1991;57:357-60. View abstract.
  • Schepetkin IA, Ramstead AG, Kirpotina LN, Voyich JM, Jutila MA, Quinn MT. Therapeutic potential of polyphenols from Epilobium angustifolium (Fireweed). Phytother Res. 2016;30(8):1287-97. View abstract.

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