August 24, 2016

Scarlet Pimpernel

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What other names is Scarlet Pimpernel known by?

Adder's Eyes, Anagallis arvensis, Hierba Coral, Miroir du Temps, Mouron des Champs, Mouron Rouge, Morgeline, Poor Man's Weatherglass, Red Chickweed, Red Pimpernel, Shepherd's Barometer.

What is Scarlet Pimpernel?

Scarlet pimpernel is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take scarlet pimpernel for depression, liver disorders, herpes, painful joints, and as supportive treatment of cancer. It is also used for painful kidney disorders, particularly those with swelling and an increase in urination.

Some people apply scarlet pimpernel directly to the skin for painful joints, poorly healing wounds, and itchiness.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Depression.
  • Liver disorders.
  • Herpes.
  • Cancer.
  • Kidney disorders.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Itching, when applied to the skin.
  • Painful joints, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of scarlet pimpernel 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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