Herb Paris

Other Name(s):

Einbeere, Étrangle-Loup, Herb-Paris, Herbe à Paris, Hierba de Pares, Hierba de París, One Berry, Paris quadrifolia, Parisette, Parisette à Quatre Feuilles, Raisin de Renard, Tilki Uzumu, Uva de Raposa, Wang Sun.


Herb Paris is a plant. The plant and its fruit are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, Herb Paris is used for treating headache, nerve pain, joint and muscle pain (rheumatism), genital tumors, rapid heartbeat, and muscle spasms. It is also used as a painkiller (narcotic) and poison. Some people use it to cause vomiting or to cleanse and empty the intestinal tract. It is even used for extending life.

How does it work?

Herb Paris contains a chemical that causes the pupil of the eye to get smaller, and it can also affect breathing.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Headache.
  • Nerve pain.
  • Sore and painful muscles and joints (rheumatism).
  • Genital tumors.
  • Rapid fluttering or throbbing of the heart.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Cleansing and emptying the intestinal tract.
  • Extending life.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Herb Paris 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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Side Effects

Herb Paris is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The plant and berry contain poisonous chemicals. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, small pupils, paralysis of the breathing muscles, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to take Herb Paris. It contains poisonous chemicals. Don't use it.


The appropriate dose of Herb Paris 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 Herb Paris. 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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Reviewed on 6/14/2021

Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

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