Benedict's Herb, Bennet's Root, Benoîte, Benoîte Commune, Benoîte Urbaine, Benoîte des Villes, Cariofilada, Colewort, Geum, Geum urbanum, Herb Bennet, Herbe Bénite, Herbe du Bon Soldat, Herbe à la Fièvre, Herbe de Saint-Benoît, Hierba de San Benito.
Avens is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Avens is used to treat diarrhea, colitis, uterine bleeding, and fevers.
In foods, avens is used as a flavoring.
How does it work?
Avens contains chemicals called tannins that help treat diarrhea by reducing swelling (inflammation).
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Uterine bleeding.
- Other conditions.
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).
The appropriate dose of avens depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for avens. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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