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Overview Information

Sundew is an herb. The dried plant is used to make medicine.

People take sundew as a tea for various breathing problems including bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough (pertussis), windpipe infections (tracheitis), coughing fits, and dry cough. They also take it for stomach ulcers and cancer.

How does it work?

Sundew seems to help break up chest congestion by thinning mucous and making it easier to cough up (as an expectorant). It also reduces spasms.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Sundew is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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



We currently have no information for SUNDEW Interactions.



The appropriate dose of sundew 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 sundew. 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.

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