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Bistort

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What other names is Bistort known by?

Adderwort, Bistorta, Couleuvrée, Couleuvrine, Dragonwort, Easter Giant, Easter Mangiant, Langue de Bœuf, Langue-de-Veau, Oderwort, Osterick, Patience Dock, Polygone, Polygonum bistorta, Red Legs, Renouée Bistorte, Serpentaire, Serpentaire Bistorte, Serpentaire Rouge, Snakeweed, Sweet Dock.

What is Bistort?

Bistort is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

Bistort is used for digestion problems, particularly diarrhea.

Some people apply bistort directly to the affected area for mouth and throat infections, and for wounds.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestion problems such as diarrhea, when taken by mouth.
  • Mouth and throat infections, when applied directly.
  • Wounds, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bistort 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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