May 5, 2016

Woodbine

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What other names is Woodbine known by?

Clematis, Clematis virginiana, Clématite de Virginie, Devil's-Darning-Needle, Herbe aux Gueux, Old Man's Beard, Traveler's Joy, Vine Bower, Virgin's Bower.

What is Woodbine?

Woodbine is an herb. The leaves are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take woodbine for skin sores, cuts, and itching. They also take it for kidney disease (nephrosis) and fluid retention, tumors and cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), fever, ulcers, constipation, tuberculosis, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck (cervical lymphadenitis).

Don't confuse woodbine (Clematis virginiana) with American ivy, gelsemium, or honeysuckle. All of these plants are also known as woodbine.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Skin sores.
  • Cuts.
  • Itching.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Cancer.
  • Tumors.
  • Fever.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Ulcers.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Constipation.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of woodbine 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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