Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Ajuga, Ajuga reptans, Bugle Rampante, Bugula, Carpenter's Herb, Herbe au Charpentier, Herbe à la Coupure, Ivette, Middle Comfrey, Middle Confound, Petite Consoude, Sicklewort.


Bugle is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take bugle for gallbladder and stomach disorders.

Bugle is sometime applied directly to the mouth and throat to reduce swelling. It is also put directly on the skin to treat wounds.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how bugle might work.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Gallbladder disorders.
  • Stomach disorders.
  • Swelling of the mouth and throat, when applied directly.
  • Wounds, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bugle 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).

Side Effects

There isn't enough information to know if bugle is safe or what the possible side effects might be.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bugle during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of bugle 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 bugle. 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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