July 28, 2016

American Elder

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What other names is American Elder known by?

American Elderberry, Common Elderberry, Elderberry, Elder Flower, Sabugueiro, Sambucus, Sambucus canadensis, Saúco, Saúco de Canada, Sureau, Sureau Blanc, Sureau du Canada, Sweet Elder.

What is American Elder?

American elder is a plant. The flower and ripe fruit are used to make medicine.

People use American elder for breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis; for colds, cough, and sore throat; and for painful conditions such as headache, nerve pain (neuralgia), joint pain (rheumatism), toothache, and swelling (inflammation).

Other uses include treatment of bruises, cancer, intestinal gas, epilepsy, fever, gout, psoriasis, sores, syphilis, and fluid retention (edema) due to weak heart function (heart failure).

Some people use American elder as a "purifier" that empties the bowels. It is also used to rid the body of extra fluid by increasing urine production (as a diuretic), "sweat out a fever," promote healing, and cause vomiting.

American elder is also used as an eyewash, mouthwash, and poultice.

In foods, American elder is cooked and eaten and used to make elderberry wine. American elder is also used to flavor foods and beverages.

In manufacturing, extracts of American elder are used in perfumes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Bruises.
  • Cancer.
  • Intestinal gas.
  • Constipation.
  • Colds.
  • Water retention (edema).
  • Epilepsy.
  • Fever.
  • Gout.
  • Headache.
  • Nerve problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American elder 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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