Abscess root
Abscess root


Abscess root (Polemonium reptans) is an herb. The root is ground and used as a medicinal tea, but it's not clear if it has any benefits.

Abscess root is used for fever, cough, swelling, and other conditions. But there is no good scientific evidence to support any uses.

Abscess root is also called "false Jacob's ladder," because it has some of the same effects as another plant called Jacob's ladder. These two plants are used in similar ways, but are not the same.
When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if abscess root is safe. It might cause side effects such as stomach upset and sneezing.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if abscess root is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


There is interest in using abscess root for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Ground abscess root is traditionally used to make a tea, but there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose might be. 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 a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Abscess Root interacts with any medicines. Before taking Abscess Root, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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