July 29, 2016

Black Horehound

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What other names is Black Horehound known by?

Ballota, Ballota nigra, Ballote Fétide, Ballote Noire, Ballote Puante, Ballote Vulgaire, Black Stinking Horehound, Marrube Fétide, Marrube Noir, Marrubio Negro.

What is Black Horehound?

Black horehound is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take black horehound for treating nausea, vomiting, spasms, cough, and whooping cough. They also take it for relieving symptoms of nervous disorders, especially mild sleep problems. Black horehound is also used for increasing bile flow.

Some people apply black horehound to the skin as a mild drying agent (astringent) and as a treatment for gout.

Rectally, black horehound is used as an enema against intestinal worms.

Don't confuse black horehound with white horehound.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Nervous disorders.
  • Whooping cough.
  • Spasms.
  • Increasing bile flow.
  • Gout, when applied to the skin.
  • Intestinal worms, when used rectally as an enema.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of black horehound 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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