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Jewelweed

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What other names is Jewelweed known by?

Alegria del Hogar, Balsam-Weed, Balsamina foemina, Balsamine du Cap, Balsamine des Jardins, Balsamine Orangée, Feng Xian Hua, Garden Balsam, Herbal Impatiens Balsamihal, Impatiens, Impatiens balsamina, Impatiens biflora, Impatiens capensis, Impatiens giorgii, Impatiens pallida, Impatiente, Impatiente Biflore, Impatiente du Cap, Impatiente Orangée, Jewel Balsam Weed, Jewel Weed, Quick-In-The-Hand, Silverweed, Slipper Weed, Speckled Jewels, Spotted Touch-Me-Not, Tou Gu Cao, Touch-Me-Not, Wild Balsam, Wild Celandine, Wild Lady's Slipper.

What is Jewelweed?

Jewelweed is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse jewelweed with potentilla, since both are known as silverweed.

People take jewelweed by mouth to treat mild digestive disorders, as well as rashes caused by poison ivy. Some people also apply jewelweed directly to the skin for poison ivy.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Poison oak and poison ivy. Some early research suggests that applying jewelweed extract or jewelweed juice to the skin does not reduce skin inflammation caused by poison ivy or poison oak.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Mild digestive disorders.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jewelweed 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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