Partridgeberry is an herb. The stem and leaves are used to make medicine.

People use partridgeberry for menstrual cramps, childbirth, sore nipples, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any uses. Taking partridgeberry by mouth may also be unsafe.
When taken by mouth: Partridgeberry is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in appropriate amounts.

When applied to the skin: There isn’t enough information to know whether it can be safely used on the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: It’s POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use partridgeberry if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it might cause a miscarriage.

Breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if partridgeberry is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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  • Anxiety.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Water retention (edema).
  • Varicose veins.
  • Insomnia.
  • Heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF).
  • Kidney failure.
  • Liver failure.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding during menstrual periods (menorrhagia).
  • Absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea).
  • A type of benign (non-cancerous) breast disease (fibrocystic breast disease).
  • Vaginal discharge.
  • Childbirth.
  • Depression after childbirth (postpartum depression).
  • Improving the flow of breast milk.
  • To cause abortion.
  • Nipple soreness, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of partridgeberry for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate dose of partridgeberry 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 partridgeberry. 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 Partridgeberry interacts with any medicines. Before taking Partridgeberry, 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 available to know how partridgeberry works.
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