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What other names is Clematis known by?

Clemátide Recta, Clematis recta, Clématite, Clématite Dressée, Clématite Droite, Ground Virginsbower, Upright Virgin's Bower, Virgin's Bower.

What is Clematis?

Clematis is an herb. People use the parts that grow above the ground to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, clematis is used for joint pain (rheumatism), headaches, varicose veins, syphilis, gout, bone disorders, ongoing skin conditions, and fluid retention.

Some people apply clematis directly to the skin for blisters and in a wet dressing (as a poultice) to treat infected wounds and ulcers.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Joint pain (rheumatism).
  • Headache.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Syphilis.
  • Gout.
  • Bone disorders.
  • Skin conditions.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Blisters, when applied to the skin.
  • Wounds, when applied to the skin.
  • Ulcers, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of clematis 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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