Arundo phragmites, Arundo vulgaris, Carrizo, Common Reed, Ditch Reed, Giant Reed, Phragmite, Phragmites, Phragmites australis, Phragmites communis, Phragmites longivalvis, Phragmites vulgaris, Reed, Roseau, Roseau Commun, Roseau des Marais, Sagne, Schilf.
Reed herb is a plant. The stem and underground stem (rhizome) are used as medicine.
People take reed herb tea for digestion problems, diabetes, leukemia, and breast cancer.
Some people put reed herb directly on the skin to treat insect bites.
How does it work?
Reed herb contains vitamins A and C and some B vitamins. There isn't enough information to know how it might work.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Digestive disorders.
- Breast cancer.
- Insect bites, when applied to the skin.
- 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).
LithiumInteraction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Reed herb might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking reed herb might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
The appropriate dose of reed herb 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 reed herb. 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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