European Sanicle, Herbe aux Charpentiers, Herbe aux Chênes, Herbe de Saint Laurent, Herbe aux Vaches, Poolroot, Sanicle d'Europe, Sanícula, Sanicula europaea, Saniculae Herba, Sanicule, Self-Heal, Wood Sanicle.


Overview Information

Sanicle is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

People take sanicle for swollen airways (bronchitis) and cough.

Be careful not to confuse sanicle (Sanicula europaea) with Prunella vulgaris, both of which are known as "self-heal." Also be careful not to confuse Sanicula europaea with Astrantia major, both of which are known as "sanicle."

How does it work?

Sanicle seems to thin mucus to make it easier to cough up.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Cough.
  • Swollen airways (bronchitis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sanicle for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Sanicle is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth. In large amounts, it may cause some side effects including stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Stomach or intestinal disorders (such as ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and other digestive tract problems): Sanicle can make these conditions worse. Don't use sanicle if you have stomach or intestinal problems.



We currently have no information for SANICLE Interactions.



The appropriate dose of sanicle 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 sanicle. 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


  • Arda, N., Goren, N., Kuru, A., Pengsuparp, T., Pezzuto, J. M., Qiu, S. X., and Cordell, G. A. Saniculoside N from Sanicula europaea L. J Nat.Prod. 1997;60(11):1170-1173. View abstract.
  • Karagoz, A., Arda, N., Goren, N., Nagata, K., and Kuru, A. Antiviral activity of Sanicula europaea L. extracts on multiplication of human parainfluenza virus type 2. Phytother.Res. 1999;13(5):436-438. View abstract.
  • Le Claire, E., Schwaiger, S., Banaigs, B., Stuppner, H., and Gafner, F. Distribution of a new rosmarinic acid derivative in Eryngium alpinum L. and other Apiaceae. J Agric.Food Chem. 6-1-2005;53(11):4367-4372. View abstract.
  • Schopke, T., Janka, M., Nimtz, M., Wray, V., and Hiller, K. Saniculoside R-1: a new triterpenoid saponin from Sanicula europaea. Planta Med. 1998;64(1):83-85. View abstract.
  • Sevar, R. Sanicula aqua: three clinical cases and a heuristic. Homeopathy. 2005;94(2):125-131. View abstract.
  • Turan, K., Nagata, K., and Kuru, A. Antiviral effect of Sanicula europaea L. leaves extract on influenza virus-infected cells. Biochem Biophys.Res.Commun. 8-5-1996;225(1):22-26. View abstract.

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