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Brand and Other Names: Juniperus Communis

Generic Name: juniper

Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals; Urology, Herbals

What Is Juniper and How Does It Work?

Juniper is an herb used to treat indigestion (dyspepsia), flatulence, heartburn, bloating, loss of appetite, urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney and bladder stones, snakebite, intestinal worms, gastrointestinal infections, diabetes, and cancer.

Topically, juniper is used to treat rheumatic pains, inflammatory diseases, and wounds.

There is insufficient reliable information about its effectiveness.

Juniper has diuretic properties.

Juniper is available under the following different brand and other names: juniperus communis.

Suggested Dosing


Follow manufacturer's instructions (e.g., 800 mg taken orally twice daily)


1-2 g of berry taken orally three times per day


One cup taken orally three times per day

Steep 1 teaspoon crushed berry (2-3 g) in 150 mL boiling water for 10 min.

Essential oil

20-100 mg; no more than 4 weeks

Liquid Extract (1:1 in 25% alcohol)

2-4 mL taken orally three times per day

Tincture (1:5 in 45% alcohol)

1-2 mL taken orally three times per day

Berry oil (1:5 in 45% alcohol)

0.03-0.2 mL taken orally three times per day

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

There are no dosage considerations for use of juniper.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2017

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