July 29, 2016


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What other names is Potentilla known by?

Ansérine, Argentine, Bec d'Oie, Crampweed, Goose Grass, Goose Tansy, Goosewort, Herbe aux Oies, Moor Grass, Potentille, Potentilla anserina, Potentille Ansérine, Potentille des Oies, Prince's Feather, Richette, Silverweed, Trailing Tansy, Wild Agrimony.

What is Potentilla?

Potentilla is an herb. The flower and leaf are used to make medicine.

People take potentilla as a tea for diarrhea. Women take it for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and for mildly painful menstrual periods.

Potentilla is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for soreness and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat.

Don't confuse potentilla (Potentilla anserina) with agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) or tormentil (Potentilla erecta), which are also referred to as potentilla.

It's also important to distinguish between potentilla and jewelweed, because both are known as silverweed.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Mildly painful menstruation.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Mouth and throat swelling (inflammation), when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of potentilla 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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