August 30, 2016

Lovage

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What other names is Lovage known by?

Ache des Montagnes, Angelica levisticum, Angélique de Montagne, Apio de Monte, Céleri Perpétuel, Herbe à Maggi, Hipposelinum levisticum, Lavose, Levistici Radix, Levístico, Levisticum officinale, Lévistique Officinale, Ligusticum levisticum, Livèche, Love Parsley, Maggi Plant, Persil d'Amour, Sea Parsley, Smallage, Smellage, Szechuan Lovage.

What is Lovage?

Lovage is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

Lovage is used as "irrigation therapy" for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the lower urinary tract, for prevention of kidney stones, and to increase the flow of urine when urinary tract infections or fluid retention is present.

Lovage is also used for indigestion, heartburn, stomach bloating, intestinal gas, irregular menstrual periods, sore throat, boils, yellowed skin (jaundice), malaria, fluid around the lung (pleurisy), gout, joint pain (rheumatism), and migraine headaches. It is also used as an expectorant to loosen phlegm in respiratory conditions.

In foods and beverages, lovage is used as a flavor component.

In manufacturing, lovage is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Indigestion.
  • Heartburn.
  • Intestinal gas.
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
  • Sore throat.
  • Boils.
  • Jaundice.
  • Gout.
  • Migraines.
  • Use as "irrigation therapy" for urinary tract inflammation and kidney stones.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lovage 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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