- What other names is Elderberry known by?
- What is Elderberry?
- How does Elderberry work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Elderberry.
Elderberry is used for "the flu" (influenza), H1N1 "swine" flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) .
Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.
Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring.
Possibly Effective for...
- "The flu," also called influenza. A specific syrup containing elderberry juice (Sambucol, Nature's Way) seems to relieve flu symptoms and reduce the length of time the flu lasts when taken by mouth within 24-48 hours of the first symptoms. Some research also shows that an elderberry lozenge (ViraBLOC, HerbalScience) also reduces symptoms of the flu. Symptom relief seems to occur within 2 to 4 days of treatment for most people.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Heart disease. Early evidence shows that taking elderberry extract daily for 12 weeks does not reduce symptoms of heart disease in postmenopausal women.
- High cholesterol. Early evidence shows that taking capsules containing dried elderberry three times daily for 2 weeks does not reduce cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
- Nerve pain.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- H1N1 "swine" flu.
- Hay fever.
- Other conditions.
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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