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Biological name (genus and species):
- Asperula odorata, Galium odoratum
Parts used for medicinal purposes:
- Entire plant
Chemicals this herb contains:
- Stimulates gastrointestinal tract.
- Decreases thickness and increases fluidity of mucus from lungs and bronchial tubes.
- Interferes with absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally.
- Woodruff is used as a flavoring agent in May wine.
- It is used in sachets for its pleasant odor.
UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS
- Treats coughs.
- Aids in expelling gas from intestinal tract.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Don’t take if you:
- Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.
Consult your doctor if you:
- Take this herb for any medical problem that doesn’t improve in 2 weeks. There may be safer, more-effective treatments.
- Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.
- Problems in pregnant women taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don’t use unless prescribed by your doctor.
- Problems in breast-fed infants of lactating mothers taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don’t use unless prescribed by your doctor.
Infants and children:
- Treating infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation is hazardous.
- None expected if you are beyond childhood and under 45, basically healthy and take for only a short time.
- Keep cool and dry, but don’t freeze. Store safely away from children.
- At present no “safe” dosage has been established.
- Comparative-toxicity rating not available from standard references.
ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS
- None expected
From the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1988 by Fisher Books; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange