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What other names is Fucus Vesiculosus known by?

Black Tang, Bladder Fucus, Bladder Wrack, Bladderwrack, Blasentang, Cutweed, Dyer's Fucus, Fucus Vésiculeux, Goémon, Kelp, Kelpware, Kelp-Ware, Ocean Kelp, Quercus Marina, Red Fucus, Rockwrack, Sea Kelp, Sea Oak, Seawrack, Varech, Varech Vésiculeux.

What is Fucus Vesiculosus?

Fucus vesiculosus is a type of brown seaweed. People use the whole plant to make medicine.

People use Fucus vesiculosus for conditions such as thyroid disorders, iodine deficiency, obesity, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using Fucus vesiculosus can also be unsafe.

Don't confuse Fucus vesiculosus with bladderwort.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Obesity. Early research suggests that taking Fucus vesiculosus along with lecithin and vitamins doesn't help people lose weight.
  • Achy joints (rheumatism).
  • Arthritis.
  • "Blood cleansing".
  • Constipation.
  • Digestive problems.
  • "Hardening of the arteries" (arteriosclerosis).
  • Iodine deficiency.
  • Thyroid problems, including an over-sized thyroid gland (goiter).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Fucus vesiculosus 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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