May 1, 2016

Madder

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What other names is Madder known by?

Bengal Madder, Dyer's Madder, Fäberröte, Garança, Garance, Garance des Teinturiers, Granza, Indian Madder, Krapp, Robbia, Rouge des Teinturiers, Rubia, Rubia de Tintas, Rubia tinctorum, Rubiae Tinctorum Radix.

What is Madder?

Madder is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take madder by mouth for preventing and dissolving kidney stones, as well as and for treating general menstrual disorders, and urinary tract disorders, blood disorders, bruises, jaundice, paralysis, spleen disorders, and sciatica. It is also used to promote urination, as an aphrodiasiac, and as a tonic.

Madder is also applied to the skin for certain skin conditions and to promote wound healing.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Kidney stones.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Urinary problems.
  • Blood disorders.
  • Bruises.
  • Jaundice.
  • Paralysis.
  • Spleen disorders.
  • Pain along the sciatic nerve (sciatica).
  • Wound healing.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of madder 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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