BETONY

OTHER NAME(S):

Bétoine, Betónica, Betonica officinalis, Bishopswort, Bishop Wort, Épiaire Officinale, Épiaire Vulgaire, Hedge Nettles, Stachys betonica, Stachys officinalis, Tabac des Gardes, Wood Betony.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Betony is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are dried and used to make medicine.

Betony is used for digestion problems including heartburn, diarrhea, and intestinal gas; for breathing problems including bronchitis and asthma; for painful conditions including gout, headache, and facial pain; and for urinary tract conditions including bladder and kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) and bladder pain and swelling (inflammation). It is also used to treat stress and tension, nervousness, and epilepsy.

In combination with other herbs, betony is used to treat nerve pain (neuralgia) and anxiety.

How does it work?

It is thought that the chemicals in betony may decrease blood pressure, and this suggests it might be useful for treating headache and anxiety.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There is not enough information about betony to know if it is safe to take. It might cause stomach upset in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Low blood pressure (hypotension): Betony might lower blood pressure. It might cause blood pressure to drop too low in people prone to low blood pressure.

Surgery: Betony might affect blood pressure. So there is some concern that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using betony at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with BETONY

    Betony seems to decrease blood pressure. Taking betony along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.<br><nb>Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of betony 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 betony. 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

REFERENCES:

  • Ahmad, V. U., Arshad, S., Bader, S., Ahmed, A., Iqbal, S., and Tareen, R. B. New phenethyl alcohol glycosides from Stachys parviflora. J Asian Nat Prod Res 2006;8(1-2):105-111. View abstract.
  • Rabbani, M., Sajjadi, S. E., and Zarei, H. R. Anxiolytic effects of Stachys lavandulifolia Vahl on the elevated plus-maze model of anxiety in mice. J Ethnopharmacol. 2003;89(2-3):271-276. View abstract.
  • Shin, T. Y. Stachys riederi inhibits mast cell-mediated acute and chronic allergic reactions. Immunopharmacol.Immunotoxicol. 2004;26(4):621-630. View abstract.
  • Skaltsa, H. D., Demetzos, C., Lazari, D., and Sokovic, M. Essential oil analysis and antimicrobial activity of eight Stachys species from Greece. Phytochemistry 2003;64(3):743-752. View abstract.
  • Skaltsa, H., Bermejo, P., Lazari, D., Silvan, A. M., Skaltsounis, A. L., Sanz, A., and Abad, M. J. Inhibition of prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene C4 in mouse peritoneal macrophages and thromboxane B2 production in human platelets by flavonoids from Stachys chrysantha and Stachys candida. Biol Pharm Bull 2000;23(1):47-53. View abstract.
  • Fetrow CW, Avila JR. Professional's Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines. 1st ed. Springhouse, PA: Springhouse Corp., 1999.

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