European Bitter Polygala, European Senega, Evergreen Snakeroot, Flowering Wintergreen, Little Pollom, Polygala amara, Polygala Am&egrave;re, Polygale Amer, Snakeroot.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

Bitter milkwort is a plant. The flowering plant and root are used to make medicine.

People take bitter milkwort for breathing problems, cough, and bronchitis.

Don’t confuse bitter milkwort (Polygala amara) with asarabacca (Asarum europaeum) or senega (Polygala senega). All three plants are sometimes called snakeroot.

How does it work?

Bitter milkwort has chemicals that help to break up chest congestion by thinning mucous and making it easier to cough up (use as an expectorant).


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know if bitter milkwort is safe .

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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



We currently have no information for BITTER MILKWORT Interactions.



The appropriate dose of bitter milkwort 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 bitter milkwort. 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


  • Lust J. The herb book. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1999.

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