Other Name(s):

Ail Civette, Ail Tubéreux, Allium schoenoprasum, Allium sibiricum, Brelette, Cebolla China, Cebolla de Verdeo, Cebolleta, Cebollín, Cebollino, Chinese Chive, Chives, Ciboulette, Cives, Civette, Fausse Échalote, Oignon Sauvage.


Chive is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take chive to expel parasitic worms.

In foods, chive is used commonly as a flavoring.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information available to know how chive might work.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Removing parasitic worms.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chive 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).

Side Effects

Chive is LIKELY SAFE for most people in food amounts. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts, which are typically larger. Taking too much chive can cause an upset stomach.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Chive seems to be safe in amounts found in food, but there's not enough information to know if it is safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. Stay on the safe side and avoid using chive as medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.


The appropriate dose of chive for use as treatment 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 chive. 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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