May 26, 2016

Nerve Root

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What other names is Nerve Root known by?

American Valerian, Bleeding Heart, Cypripède Acaule, Cypripède Rose, Cypripedium, Cypripedium calceolus, Cypripedium parviflorum, Cypripedium pubescens, Lady's Slipper, Moccasin Flower, Monkey Flower, Noah's Ark, Sabot de Vénus, Sabot de la Vierge, Shoe, Slipper Root, Venus' Shoe, Yellows.

What is Nerve Root?

Nerve root is a plant that many people recognize as "lady's slipper." But don't confuse nerve root with Calypso bulbosa (Cypripedium bulbosum) or Cypripedium parviflorum, related species that are also known as lady's slipper.

Despite serious safety concerns, people use the root and rhizome (underground stem) of nerve root to make medicine. It is used for heavy menstrual periods and diarrhea. Nerve root is also used for trouble sleeping (insomnia) and related anxiety, emotional tension, hysteria, anxiety states, agitation, and nervousness.

Nerve root is sometimes applied to the affected area to treat vaginal itching.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Menstrual problems.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Sleeping disorders.
  • Anxiety.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Vaginal itching, when applied to the affected area.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of nerve root 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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