May 28, 2016

Pipsissewa

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What other names is Pipsissewa known by?

Bitter Winter, Bitter Wintergreen, Chimaphila, Chimaphila corymbosa, Chimaphila umbellata, Chimaphile à Ombelles, Ground Holly, Herbe d'Hiver, Herbe à Peigne, Holly, King's Cure, King's Cureall, Love in Winter, Prince's Pine, Pyrole en Ombelle, Rheumatism Weed, Spotted Wintergreen, Umbellate Wintergreen.

What is Pipsissewa?

Pipsissewa is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Pipsissewa is used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder stones, fluid retention, spasms, epilepsy, anxiety, and cancer.

Some people apply it directly to the skin for treating sores and blisters.

In food and beverages, pipsissewa extracts are used as flavoring.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Bladder stones.
  • Spasms.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Seizures.
  • Anxiety.
  • Cancer.
  • Sores, when applied to the skin.
  • Blisters, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pipsissewa 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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