Boneset

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About

Boneset is a plant. People use the dried leaf and flowers to make medicine.

Boneset is used to reduce fever, increase urine output, cause vomiting, and treat constipation.

Boneset is also used to treat influenza, swine flu, acute bronchitis, nasal inflammation, joint pain (rheumatism), fluid retention, dengue fever, and pneumonia; as a stimulant; and to cause sweating.

How it works

Boneset contains chemicals that might work like anti-cancer medications. It also might have some mild activity against bacteria.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Common cold

Early research suggests that taking a specific homeopathic product made from boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum D2) reduces symptoms of the common cold similarly to aspirin.

Constipation
Causing vomiting
Fluid retention
Aching muscles
Reducing inflammation
Stimulating the immune system
Other conditions

Concerns

Possibly unsafe

Boneset is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts. Some plants that are related to boneset contain chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can damage the liver. It is not known if boneset contains these chemicals.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Because boneset may contain liver-damaging chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids, it is consideredPOSSIBLY UNSAFE. Don't use it if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding.Are there any interactions with medications?

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Boneset may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking boneset.

Liver disease: Boneset contains chemicals called hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). These chemicals might harm the liver, making existing liver disease worse.

Interactions

Always consult with your doctor.
Moderate
Medications that increase the breakdown of other medications by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inducers)

Boneset is broken down by the liver. Some chemicals that form when the liver breaks down boneset can be harmful. Medications that cause the liver to break down boneset might enhance the toxic effects of chemicals contained in boneset.Some of the medications include carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.