July 25, 2016

Tansy Ragwort

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What other names is Tansy Ragwort known by?

Cankerwort, Common Ragwort, Dog Standard, European Ragwort, Fleur de Jacob, Herbe Dorée, Herbe de Saint-Jacques, Hierba Cana, Hierba de Santiago, Jacobée, Ragweed, Ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, Séneçon de Jacob, Séneçon Jacobée, Staggerwort, Stammerwort, St. James' Wort, Stinking Nanny.

What is Tansy Ragwort?

Tansy ragwort is an herb. The flowering parts are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, tansy ragwort is used to treat cancer, colic, wounds, and spasms. It is also used as a laxative, to cause sweating, to start menstruation, and for "cleansing and purification."

Some people apply tansy ragwort directly to the skin for muscle and joint pain.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cancer.
  • Colic.
  • Wounds.
  • Spasms.
  • Constipation.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Muscle and joint pain, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of tansy ragwort 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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