July 30, 2016

European Five-Finger Grass

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What other names is European Five-finger Grass known by?

Cincoenrama, Cinquefoil, European Five Finger Grass, Five Fingers, Five-Finger Blossom, Herbe à Cinq Feuilles, Main-de-Mars, Pata de Gallina, Pie de Cristo, Potentilla reptans, Potentille Rampante, Quintefeuille, Sunkfield, Synkfoyle.

What is European Five-finger Grass?

European five-finger grass is an herb. The dried plant is used to make medicine.

People take European five-finger grass for diarrhea and fever.

European five-finger grass is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for swollen mouth and gums, toothache, and heartburn. It is also used to treat open wounds by helping to dry out the tissue.

Don't confuse European five-finger grass (Potentilla reptans) with dwarf cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diarrhea.
  • Fever.
  • Swollen mouth and gums, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Toothache, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Heartburn, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Wounds, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate European five-finger grass 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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