Asian water plantain
Asian water plantain


The Asian water plantain is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

People use Asian water plantain for conditions such as bladder and urinary tract diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Be careful not to confuse Asian water plantain with other plantain species such as buckhorn plantain.
There isn't enough available information to know if Asian water plantain is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough available information to know if Asian water plantain is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Bladder and urinary tract diseases.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Liver disease.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Asian water plantain for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of Asian water plantain 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 plantain. 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.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Asian Water Plantain interacts with any medicines. Before taking Asian Water Plantain, 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.


There isn't enough information to know how Asian water plantain works. It might work by increasing urine flow.
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