Ackerquecke, Agropyron firmum, Agropyron repens, Chiendent, Chiendent Rampant, Common Couch, Coutch, Cutch Grass, Dog Grass, Dog-grass, Doggrass, Durfa Grass, Elymus repens, Elytrigia repens, Grama Canina, Graminis, Graminis Rhizoma, Kvickrot, Petit Chiendent, Quack Grass, Quackgrass, Quecke, Quick Grass, Quitch Grass, Scotch Quelch, Scutch, Triticum, Triticum firmum, Triticum repens, Twitch Grass, Twitchgrass, Wheatgrass, Witch Grass, Witchgrass.
Couch grass is a grass that is an invasive weed. The leaves and roots are used to make medicine.
Couch grass root is taken by mouth for constipation, cough, bladder swelling (inflammation), fever, high blood pressure, or kidney stones. It is also used for water retention.
Couch grass roots or leaves are applied to treat fevers.
How does it work?
Extracts of couch grass might contain chemicals that reduce swelling (inflammation).
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Bladder swelling (inflammation).
- High blood pressure.
- Kidney stones.
- 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).
It isn't known if couch grass is safe or what the possible side effects might be. Couch grass might work like a water pill and increase the elimination of water from the body. But it's too soon to know if this causes side effects such as low potassium levels.
The appropriate dose of couch grass 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 couch grass. 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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