August 24, 2016

Agrimony

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What other names is Agrimony known by?

Agrimone, Agrimonia, Agrimonia eupatoria, Aigremoine, Aigremoine Eupatoire, Church Steeples, Churchsteeples, Cockeburr, Cocklebur, Common Agrimony, Da Hua Long Ya Cao, Eupatoire-des-Anciens, Fragrant Agrimony, Francormier, Herba Agrimoniae, Herbe-de-Saint-Guillaume, Herbe de Sainte Madeleine, Philanthropos, Soubeirette, Sticklewort, Thé des Bois, Thé du Nord, Toute-Bonne.

What is Agrimony?

Agrimony is an herb. People dry the parts of the herb that grow above the ground to make medicine.

Agrimony is used for sore throat, upset stomach, mild diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diabetes, gallbladder disorders, fluid retention, cancer, tuberculosis, bleeding, corns, and warts; and as a gargle, heart tonic, sedative, and antihistamine.

Agrimony is applied directly to the skin as a mild drying agent (astringent) and for mild skin redness and swelling (inflammation). Some chemicals taken from agrimony are used to fight viruses.

Is Agrimony effective?

There isn't enough information to know if agrimony is effective for the conditions people use it for, including: diarrhea, sore throat, upset stomach, and others.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • A skin condition called cutaneous porphyria. People with cutaneous porphyria accumulate a chemical called porphyrin in their skin. Porphyrin makes the skin especially sensitive to sunlight. Early research suggests that taking a crushed agrimony solution by mouth 3-4 times daily reduces the formation of sores on skin exposed to sunlight in people with cutaneous porphyria.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Sore throat.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of agrimony for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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