Bulbous buttercup
Bulbous buttercup


Bulbous buttercup is a flowering plant. It grows in parts of Europe and the U.S. The whole plant, including the root, is used to make medicine.

Bulbous buttercup is used in homeopathic amounts for skin diseases, arthritis, nerve pain, flu (influenza), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. In more concentrated doses (i.e., non-homeopathic amounts), bulbous buttercup can be unsafe.

Be careful not to confuse bulbous buttercup with buttercup or poisonous buttercup. Also avoid confusion with lesser celandine and amaranth. Like bulbous buttercup, celandine and amaranth are sometimes called pilewort.
When taken by mouth: Bulbous buttercup is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It is very irritating to the lining of the urinary and digestive tracts, causing stomach pain and diarrhea.

When applied to the skin: Bulbous buttercup is LIKELY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. Extended skin contact with bulbous buttercup can cause hard-to-heal skin blisters and burns.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone, especially pregnant or breast-feeding women, to use bulbous buttercup. When taken by mouth, it can irritate the digestive and urinary tracts, and when applied to the skin, it can cause irritation.


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.
Likely effective Effectiveness definitions
Possibly effective Effectiveness definitions
Likely ineffective Effectiveness definitions
Possibly ineffective Effectiveness definitions
Insufficient evidence Effectiveness definitions
  • Skin diseases.
  • Arthritis.
  • Gout.
  • Nerve pain.
  • Flu (influenza).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of bulbous buttercup for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of bulbous buttercup 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 bulbous buttercup. 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 Bulbous Buttercup interacts with any medicines. Before taking Bulbous Buttercup, 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 is not enough information to know how bulbous buttercup might work.

BioMedica Virex Spray is a practitioner product.

Find a practitioner

Per serve:
Practitioner product
vital.ly has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
This monograph was last reviewed on 14/01/2022 23:59:06 and last updated on 05/12/2014 17:05:05. Monographs are reviewed and/or updated multiple times per month and at least once per year.
Natural Medicines disclaims any responsibility related to medical consequences of using any medical product. Effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this monograph is accurate at the time it was published. Consumers and medical professionals who consult this monograph are cautioned that any medical or product related decision is the sole responsibility of the consumer and/or the health care professional. A legal License Agreement sets limitations on downloading, storing, or printing content from this Database. No reproduction of this monograph or any content from this Database is permitted without written permission from the publisher. It is unlawful to download, store, or distribute content from this site.