July 23, 2016

Chickweed

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What other names is Chickweed known by?

Alsine media, Capiqui, Fleur en Satin, Herbe de Langue, Hierba Gallinera, Morgeline, Mouron des Oiseaux, Pamplina, Star Chickweed, Starweed, Stellaire Intermédiaire, Stellaire Moyenne, Stellaria media.

What is Chickweed?

Chickweed is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.

People take chickweed for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain.

Chickweed is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin problems including boils, abscesses, and ulcers.

In foods, chickweed is eaten in salads or served as cooked greens.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Constipation.
  • Asthma.
  • Stomach and bowel problems.
  • Obesity.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Skin conditions including boils, abscesses, and ulcers, when applied directly to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chickweed 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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