Bâton de Jacob, Charity, Échelle de Jacob, English Green Valerian, Escalera de Jacobo, Jacobs Ladder, Polemoine Bleue, Polémoine Bleue, Polémoine Céruléenne, Polemonium caeruleum, Valériane Grecque.
Jacob's ladder is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
People take Jacob's ladder for fever and swelling (inflammation). They also take it to dry out tissues (as an astringent) and to promote sweating.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how Jacob's ladder might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Promoting sweating.
- Promoting drying of tissues (as an astringent).
- 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 Jacob's ladder 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 Jacob's ladder. 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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