July 25, 2016

Gelsemium

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What other names is Gelsemium known by?

Bignonia sempervirens, Carolina Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower, False Jasmine, Faux Jasmin, Gelsémie, Gelsémie Toujours Verte, Gelsemii Rhizoma, Gelsemin, Gelsemio, Gelsemium nitidum, Gelsemium sempervirens, Gelsemium Toujours Vert, Gelsemiumwurzelstock Jessamine, Gou Min, Jasmin de Caroline, Jasmin Jaune, Jasmin Nid d'Abeilles, Jasmin de Virginie, Trumpet Flower, Woodbine, Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine Root.

What is Gelsemium?

Gelsemium is a plant. Some people call it "woodbine." This can be confusing because American ivy and honeysuckle are also known as "woodbine." If you want gelsemium, look for its scientific name, which is Gelsemium sempervirens, Gelsemium nitidum, or Bignonia sempervirens.

Despite serious safety concerns, the root and underground stem (rhizome) of gelsemium are used to make medicine. Gelsemium is used as a painkiller for migraine headaches and for face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) caused by certain facial nerves. It is also used for asthma and other breathing problems.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma.
  • Pain due to migraine headaches.
  • Pain due to a condition of facial nerves called trigeminal neuralgia.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of gelsemium 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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