Water Dropwort

Other Name(s):

Céleri Aquatique, Céleri d'Eau, Damoe, Filipéndula de Agua, Filipendule Aquatique, Flamingo, Java Dropwort, Oenanthe javanica, Oenanthe stolonifera, Pak Chi Lawm, Persil Aquatique, Rainbow Water Celery, Selom, Seri, Shelum, Sui-Kan, Water Celery, Water Parsley.


Water dropwort is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

People take water dropwort for yellowed skin (jaundice) due to liver disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach pain, and food poisoning.

As a food, water dropwort is used in salads and as a seasoning.

How does it work?

It is not known how water dropwort might work for any medical conditions. Some research suggests water dropwort might prevent liver damage by fighting the hepatitis B virus.

Uses & Effectiveness

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of water dropwort 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

There isn't enough information available to know if water dropwort is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings

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


The appropriate dose of water dropwort 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 water dropwort. 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

Park JC, Young HS, Yu YB, Lee JH. Isorhamnetin sulphate from the leaves and stems of Oenanthe javaica in Korea. Planta Med 1995;61:377-8. View abstract.

Park JC, Yu YB, Lee JH, et al. Protective effect of Oenanthe javanica on the hepatic lipid peroxidation in bromobenzene-treated rats and its bioactive component. Planta Med 1996;62:488-90. View abstract.

Seo WH, Baek HH. Identification of characteristic aroma-active compounds from water dropwort (Oenanthe javanica DC). J Agric Food Chem 2005;53:6766-70. View abstract.

Wang WN, Yang XB, Liu HZ, et al. Effect of Oenanthe javanica flavone on human and duck hepatitis B virus infections. Acta Pharmacol Sci 2005;26:587-92. View abstract.

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