July 26, 2016

Purple Loosestrife

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What other names is Purple Loosestrife known by?

Arroyuela, Blooming Sally, Flowering Sally, Herbe aux Coliques, Long Purples, Loosestrife, Lysimaque rouge, Lythrum, Lythrum salicaria, Milk Willow-Herb, Purple Willow-Herb, Rainbow Weed, Salicaire, Salicaire Commune, Salicaire Officinale, Salicare, Salicaria, Salicària, Soldiers, Spiked, Spiked Loosestrife, Willow Sage.

What is Purple Loosestrife?

Purple loosestrife is a plant. The flowering parts are used as medicine.

People use purple loosestrife as a tea for diarrhea, intestinal problems, and bacterial infections. They also use it for swelling and as a drying agent. Women use it for menstrual problems.

Purple loosestrife is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for swollen (varicose) veins, bleeding gums, hemorrhoids, and eczema.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diarrhea.
  • Intestinal problems.
  • Menstrual complaints.
  • Swelling (inflammation).
  • Infection.
  • Varicose veins, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Bleeding gums, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Hemorrhoids, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Eczema, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of purple loosestrife 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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