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Schizonepeta

What other names is Schizonepeta known by?

Cataire Japonaise, Chataire Japonaise, Hairy Sage, Herba Schizonepatae, Japanese Catnip, Japanese Mint, Jing Jie, Nepeta multifida, Schizonepetae Herba, Schizonepeta multifida, Schizonepeta Spica, Schizonepeta tenuifolia, Schizonepetae Herba, Tenuifolia.

What is Schizonepeta?

Schizonepeta is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Schizonepeta is used for the common cold, fever, sore throat, and heavy menstrual periods. It is also used for skin disorders including eczema, allergic rashes, and psoriasis.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Eczema. Scientific studies have shown mixed results. Some research shows that schizonepeta in combination with 9 other herbs (Zemaphyte) might reduce redness and irritation. However, other research shows no effect.
  • Common cold.
  • Fever.
  • Sore throat.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of schizonepeta for these uses.

How does Schizonepeta work?

Schizonepeta contains chemicals that might help some skin conditions such as eczema.

Are there safety concerns?

Schizonepeta appears to be safe in low doses for most people. In high doses, a chemical in schizonepeta might damage the liver.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of schizonepeta during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Liver disease: There is a concern that schizonepeta might make liver disease worse. Don't use it if you have a liver problem.

Dosing considerations for Schizonepeta.

The appropriate dose of schizonepeta 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 schizonepeta. 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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