Bitter Candy Tuft, Candytuft, Iberide, Iberis amara, Ibéris Amer, Iberis coronaria.
Clown's mustard plant is an herb. People use the leaves, stem, roots, and seeds to make medicine.
Clown's mustard plant is used for digestion problems such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stomach discomfort (gastritis), and bloating. It is also used for gout, muscle and joint aches and pains (rheumatism), rapid heartbeat, asthma, bronchitis, and fluid retention (edema).
How does it work?
Early research suggests clown's mustard plant might increase contractions in the small intestine, which helps move food through the digestive tract.
Possibly Effective for...
- Heartburn, when a combination of clown's mustard plant and several other herbs is used. The combination (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc) includes clown's mustard plant plus peppermint leaf, German chamomile, caraway, licorice, milk thistle, celandine, angelica, and lemon balm. Taking this product reduces the amount of stomach acid in the throat (acid reflux), stomach pain, cramping, nausea, and vomiting.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Muscle and joint aches and pains (rheumatism).
- Rapid heartbeat.
- 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).
Clown's mustard plant seems to be safe for most people when used for up to eight weeks. It can cause side effects in some people, including nausea, diarrhea, and skin rashes.
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