Barbe de Chèvre, Blue Honeysuckle, Broquebique, Caulis Lonicerae Japonica, Chèvrefeuille, Chèvrefeuille des Bois, Chèvrefeuille des Haies, Chèvrefeuille du Japon, Cranquillier, Fleur de Miel, Flos Lonicerae, Goat's Leaf, Haskap, Herbe de Chèvre, Herbe à la Pentecôte, Herbe de Pentecôte, Herbe à la Vierge, Honey Suckle, Honeysuckle Flower, Japanese Honeysuckle, Jin Yin Hua, Jinyinhua, Lonicera, Lonicera aureoreticulata, Lonicera bournei, Lonicera caprifolia, Lonicera japonica, Lonicerae Japonicae, Madreselva, Nindo, Périclymène, Ren Dong, Saute-Buisson, Suikazura, Woodbine.


Overview Information

Honeysuckle is a plant. The flower, seed, berries, and leaves are used for medicine. Be careful not to confuse honeysuckle with other plants such as woodbine, American ivy, and gelsemium. All of these plants are sometimes called woodbine.

Honeysuckle is used for indigestion, upper airway infections, diabetes, skin problems, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

Honeysuckle might decrease inflammation. However, more information is needed to determine how honeysuckle might work.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Decline in memory and thinking skills that occurs normally with age. Early research shows that taking an extract of honeysuckle berries might improve memory in elderly people.
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia). Early research shows that taking an extract of honeysuckle flower buds can improve symptoms in people with indigestion.
  • Bacterial or viral infections.
  • Boils.
  • Cancer.
  • Common cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Fever.
  • Itching.
  • Promoting sweating.
  • Skin diseases.
  • Sores.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of small air passages in the lung (bronchiolitis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of honeysuckle for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Honeysuckle flower bud extract is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken as medicine for up to 8 weeks. There isn't enough reliable information to know if other honeysuckle extracts are safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if honeysuckle is safe or what the side effects might be. Honeysuckle can cause a rash in people who are allergic to honeysuckle.

When given by IV: There isn't enough reliable information to know if honeysuckle is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if honeysuckle is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Surgery: Honeysuckle might slow blood clotting, so there is concern that it might increase the risk of extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using honeysuckle at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with HONEYSUCKLE

    Honeysuckle might slow blood clotting. Taking honeysuckle along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
    Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.



The appropriate dose of honeysuckle 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 honeysuckle. 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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  • Chang CW, Lin MT, Lee SS, et al. Differential inhibition of reverse transcriptase and cellular DNA polymerase-alpha activities by lignans isolated from Chinese herbs, Phyllanthus myrtifolius Moon, and tannins from Lonicera japonica Thunb and Castanopsis hystrix. Antiviral Res 1995;27:367-74. View abstract.
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