May 1, 2016

Club Moss

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What other names is Club Moss known by?

Licopodio, Lycopode, Lycopode en Massue, Lycopodium, Lycopodium clavatum, Shen Jin Cao, Stags Horn, Vegetable Sulfur, Witch Meal, Wolfs Claw.

What is Club Moss?

Club moss is an herb. People use the whole plant to make medicine.

Despite safety concerns, people use club moss for bladder and kidney disorders, and as a diuretic to increase urine.

Don't confuse club moss with Chinese club moss. Only Chinese club moss contains huperzine A, a chemical which is thought to be helpful in dementia, memory loss, and myasthenia gravis.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bladder disorders.
  • Kidney disorders.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of club moss 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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