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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: American Elder, Black Elder, Blueberry Elder, Canary Island Elder, Sambucus spp, Velvet Elder

Generic Name: Elderberry

Drug Class: Antimicrobials, Herbals

What Is Elderberry and How Does It Work?

Elderberry suggested uses include for treatment and prevention of the common cold, cough and flu symptoms, sinusitis, as an immunostimulant, and treating mouth ulcers and tonsillitis. Suggested uses for elderberry extract include reducing the damaging effects of LDL cholesterol, and protection as an antioxidant. Suggested uses for elderberry leaves for topical application includes treatment of bruises, sprains, wounds, burns and chilblains, and as mouthwash for mouth ulcers. Suggested uses for elderberry tincture are for rheumatic conditions, and suggested uses for elderberry oil are for painful joints.

Elderberry has been demonstrated effective in symptom reduction and prophylaxis of cold, flu, and upper respiratory infections.

Elderberry is available under the following different brand and other names: American Elder, Black Elder, Blueberry Elder, Canary Island Elder, Sambucus spp, and Velvet Elder.

Dosages of Elderberry:

Suggested Dosing


  • Adult: 15 mL (1 tablespoon) orally four times daily for 3-5 days (Sambucol, Nature's Way)
  • Children: 15 mL (1 tablespoon) orally twice daily for 3 days


  • 175 mg orally four times daily for 2 days


  • Leaves are used for bruises, sprains, wounds, and burns

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • Elderberry daily value not established, see individual product
  • Elderberry should be started within 24-28 hours of symptom onset
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/6/2017

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