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What other names is Pimpinella known by?

Bibernellkraut, Boucage, Boucage Saxifrage, Burnet Saxifrage, Fausse Saxifrage, Grand Boucage, Greater Burnet-Saxifrage, Persil de Bouc, Pied-de-Chèvre, Pimpernell, Pimpinella magna, Pimpinella major, Pimpinella saxifraga, Pimpinellae Herba, Pimpinellae Radix, Pimpinelle, Saxifrage.

What is Pimpinella?

Pimpinella is an herb. The root and the parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

People take pimpinella for upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder and kidney stones, and fluid retention (edema). Pimpinella is also used to help digestion.

Some people apply pimpinella directly to the affected area for sore mouth and throat or add it to bath water to treat poorly healing wounds and varicose veins.

There are reports that some makers of pimpinella root products "stretch" their product by secretly adding other herbs including Heracleum sphondylium (Masterwort), Heracleum mantegazzianum, and Pastinaca sativa (Parsnip).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Respiratory infections.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Bladder and kidney stones.
  • Fluid retention (edema).
  • Stomach and intestinal disorders.
  • Varicose veins, when added to bath water.
  • Wounds, when added to bath water.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pimpinella 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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