May 29, 2016

Asarabacca

font size


What other names is Asarum known by?

Asara, Asarabácara, Asaret du Caucase, Asaret d'Europe, Asari Herba, Asari Herba cum Radice, Ásaro Europeo, Asaroun, Asarum, Asarum europeaum, Azarum, Cabaret, False Coltsfoot, Gingembre Rouge, Gingembre Sauvage, Hazelwort, Nard Sauvage, Oreille d'Homme, Public House Plant, Rondelle, Snakeroot, Wild Ginger, Wild Nard.

What is Asarum?

Asarum is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, asarabacca is used for bronchitis, bronchial spasms, and bronchial asthma. It is also used to treat coughs, pneumonia, chest pain (angina), migraines, liver disease, and dehydration. Some people use it to cause vomiting. Women use it to start their menstrual periods and cause an abortion.

Don't confuse Asarum with bitter milkwort or senega. All three are sometimes called snakeroot.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma.
  • Chest pain (angina).
  • Cough.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Migraine headaches.
  • Dehydration.
  • Liver diseases.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Starting the menstrual period.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Asarum 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).


Therapeutic Research Faculty copyright

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


Women's Health

Find out what women really need.

advertisement
advertisement
Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations