Stone root is an herb. It has a strong, unpleasant smell that some people consider overwhelming. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used to make medicine.
Stone root is used to treat urinary tract problems including bladder pain and swelling (inflammation), stones in the kidney and elsewhere in the urinary tract, and excess uric acid in the urine. It is also used to increase urine flow to relieve water retention (edema).
Some people use stone root for stomach and intestinal problems including indigestion.
Other uses include treatment of headaches and use as a tonic.
How it works
There isn't enough information available to know how stone root works.
Not ProvenBladder inflammationWater retention (edema)HeadachesIndigestionKidney stonesStomach and intestinal problemsOther conditions
Stone root seems to be safe. Taking large amounts of stone root can cause some side effects such as dizziness, nausea, painful urination, and stomach irritation.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of stone root duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Stone root might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking stone root might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.Water pills (Diuretic drugs)
Stone root seems to work like "water pills." Stone root and "water pills" might cause the body to get rid of potassium along with water. Taking stone root along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.