June 26, 2016

Stone Root

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What other names is Stone Root known by?

Baume de Cheval, Citronella, Colinsonia, Collinsonia, Collinsonia Canadense, Collinsonia canadensis, Collinsonie, Collinsonie du Canada, Guérit-Tout, Hardback, Hardhack, Heal-all, Horse Balm, Horseweed, Knob Grass, Knob Root, Knobweed, Racine de Pierre, Richleaf, Rich Weed, Stoneroot.

What is Stone Root?

Stone root is an herb. It has a strong, unpleasant smell that some people consider overwhelming. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used to make medicine.

Stone root is used to treat urinary tract problems including bladder pain and swelling (inflammation), stones in the kidney and elsewhere in the urinary tract, and excess uric acid in the urine. It is also used to increase urine flow to relieve water retention (edema).

Some people use stone root for stomach and intestinal problems including indigestion.

Other uses include treatment of headaches and use as a tonic.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Bladder inflammation.
  • Water retention (edema).
  • Headaches.
  • Indigestion.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Stomach and intestinal problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of stone 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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