Overview

Holly is a plant. There are many types (species) of holly. English holly and American holly are used as ornamental Christmas greens. The leaves of these and other holly species are used to make medicine. The berries are very poisonous and should not be swallowed.

Historically, American holly fruit tea was used as a heart stimulant by American Indians. Yaupon, another type of holly, was used to cause vomiting, and Yaupon tea was used as a ceremonial "cleanser" in South America.

Holly is also used for cough, fever, digestive disorders, heart disease, and other conditions. But there is no good scientific research to support any use.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough information available to know how holly works.

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