GERMANDER

OTHER NAME(S):

Camedrio, Chasse-Fi&egrave;vre, Chêneau, Chenette, Germandrée, Germandrée Officinale, Germandrée Petit Chêne, Petit Chêne, Teucrium chamaedrys, Wall Germander, Wild Germander.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

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

Despite serious safety concerns, people take germander for treating gallbladder conditions, fever, stomachaches, and mild diarrhea; as a digestive aid, germ-killer, and “rinse for gout;” and to help with weight loss.

Some people use germander as a mouthwash to freshen the breath and kill germs in the mouth.

In manufacturing, germander is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how germander might work.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Gallbladder conditions.
  • Fever.
  • Gout.
  • Stomachache.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Weight loss.
  • Use as a germ-killer (antiseptic).
  • Use as a mouthwash.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of germander for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Germander is UNSAFE. France has banned its sale. Canada does not allow germander to be included in products that are taken by mouth. However, the US still allows germander to be used in small amounts as a flavoring agent in alcoholic beverages.

The safety concern is that germander has caused several cases of liver disease (hepatitis) and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Germander shouldn't be used by anyone. Some people may be at even higher risk of side effects.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Germander is UNSAFE for anyone to take as medicine. If you take it while pregnant or breast-feeding, you will endanger yourself as well as your baby.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for GERMANDER Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of germander 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 germander. 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:

  • Ker J. Ventricular tachycardia as an adverse effect of the African potato (Hypoxis sp.). Cardiovasc J S Afr 2005;16:55. View abstract.
  • Bruneton J. Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, Medicinal Plants. Paris: Lavoisier Publishing, 1995.
  • Castot A, Djezzar S, Deleau N, et al. [Pharmacovigilance off the beaten track: herbal surveillance or pharmacovigilance of medicinal plants]. Therapie 1997;52:97-103. View abstract.
  • Kouzi SA, McMurtry RJ, Nelson SD. Hepatotoxicity of germander (Teucrium chamaedrys L.) and one of its constituent neoclerodane diterpenes teucrin A in the mouse. Chem Res Toxicol 1994;7:850-6. View abstract.
  • Larrey D, Vial T, Pauwels A, et al. Hepatitis after germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) administration: another instance of herbal medicine hepatotoxicity. Ann Intern Med 1992;117:129-32. View abstract.
  • Mostefa-Kara N, Pauwels A, Pines E, et al. Fatal hepatitis after herbal tea. Lancet 1992;340:674.
  • Pauwels A, Thierman-Duffaud D, Azanowsky JM, et al. [Acute hepatitis caused by wild germander. Hepatotoxicity of herbal remedies. Two cases]. Gastroenterol Clin Biol 1992;16:92-5. View abstract.

Vitamins Survey

Have you ever purchased GERMANDER?

Did you or will you purchase this product in-store or online?

Where did you or where do you plan to purchase this product?

Where did you or where do you plan to purchase this product?

What factors influenced or will influence your purchase? (check all that apply)

Vitamins Survey

Where did you or where do you plan to purchase this product?

Do you buy vitamins online or instore?

What factors are most important to you? (check all that apply)

More Resources for GERMANDER

CONDITIONS OF USE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version.
© Therapeutic Research Faculty 2018.