Birthroot, Coughroot, Ground Lily, Jew's Harp Plant, Indian Balm, Indian Shamrock, Lamb's Quarters, Lirio Americano, Milk Ipecac, Pariswort, Rattlesnake Root, Snakebite, Stinking Benjamin, Three-Leafed Nightshade, Trille Dressé, Trille Rouge, Trillium erectum, Wake Robin.
Beth root is a plant. The root, underground stem (rhizome), and leaf are used to make medicine.
Despite safety concerns, women take beth root for heavy and painful menstrual periods. Beth root is also used for reducing swelling and for breaking up chest congestion.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how beth root works.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
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- Heavy menstruation and cramps.
- Breaking up chest congestion.
- 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).
Heart conditions: Beth root contains a chemical that might make heart conditions worse. Don't use beth root if you have heart problems.
The appropriate dose of beth root 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 beth root. 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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