Meadowsweet is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Meadowsweet is used for colds, bronchitis, upset stomach, heartburn, peptic ulcer disease, and joint disorders including gout. It is also used to increase urine output and kill germs in the urine of people with bladder infections.
How it works
Meadowsweet contains tannins, which might decrease inflammation (swelling) and decrease mucus (phlegm). It also has small amounts of salicylates, which are similar to aspirin.
Not ProvenBronchitisHeartburnUpset stomachUlcersGoutJoint problemsBladder infectionsOther conditions
Meadowsweet, when taken appropriately, might be safe for most people. It can cause stomach complaints including nausea. Skin rashes and lung tightness can also occur.If taken in large amounts or for a long period of time, meadowsweet might not be safe. Too much meadowsweet can cause blood in the stool, vomiting, ringing in the ears, kidney problems, and other side effects.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It'sUNSAFEto use meadowsweet if you arepregnant. There is some evidence that it could make theuteruscontract, causing amiscarriage.Are there any interactions with medications?
Not enough is known about the safety of using meadowsweet during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Aspirin allergy: Meadowsweet contains chemicals that are similar to the chemicals in aspirin. There is a concern that people who are allergic to aspirin might also be allergic to meadowsweet.
Asthma: Meadowsweet can cause lung spasms, so there is a concern that it might make asthma worse.
Meadowsweet contains chemicals similar to aspirin. Taking meadowsweet along with aspirin might increase the effects and side effects of aspirin.Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate (Trilisate)
Meadowsweet contains chemicals that are similar to choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate). Taking meadowsweet along with choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate) might increase the effects and side effects of choline magnesium trisalicylate (Trilisate).Salsalate (Disalcid)
The body breaks down some medications for pain to get rid of them. Meadowsweet might decrease how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain. By decreasing how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain, meadowsweet might increase the effects and side effects of some medications for pain.Some medications for pain include meperidine (Demerol), hydrocodone, morphine, OxyContin, and many others.Salsalate (Disalcid) is called a salicylate. It's similar to aspirin. Meadowsweet also contains a salicylate similar to aspirin. Taking salsalate with meadowsweet might cause there to be too much salicylates in the body. This might increase the effects and side effects of salicylates.