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Eastern Red Cedar

What other names is Eastern Red Cedar known by?

Ashe Juniper, Bois de Virginie, Cedar, C dre Rouge, C dre de Virginie, Cedro de Virginia, Cedro Rojo, Enebro de Virginia, Genévrier de Virginie, Genévrier Rouge, Juniperus virginiana, Red Cedar, Red Cedarwood, Red Juniper, Texas Cedarwood, Virginia Cedarwood.

What is Eastern Red Cedar?

Eastern red cedar is a tree. The bark, berries, leaves, seeds, and twigs are used for medicine.

People take Eastern red cedar for cough, bronchitis, joint pain (rheumatism), venereal warts, and skin rash.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Eastern red cedar for these uses.

How does Eastern Red Cedar work?

There isn't enough information to know how Eastern red cedar might work as a medicine.

Are there safety concerns?

There is not enough information to know if Eastern red cedar is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Eastern red cedar is UNSAFE to use during pregnancy. Don't use it.

Are there any interactions with medications?

Sedative medications (Barbiturates)Interaction Rating: Minor Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Medications that cause sleepiness and drowsiness are called sedatives. Inhaling Eastern red cedar chip aroma seems to decrease the effectiveness of some sedative medications. But is it not clear why this interaction occurs.

Dosing considerations for Eastern Red Cedar.

The appropriate dose of Eastern red cedar 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 Eastern red cedar. 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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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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Reviewed on 9/17/2019

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