Water germander
Water germander


Traditionally used for bronchial ailments, diarrhea, fever, hemorrhoids, intestinal parasites, and wounds, but there is no strong evidence to support any use.

Safety or possible side effects are unknown.

No known major interactions.

People use this for...

Orally, water germander is used for bronchial ailments, diarrhea, fever, intestinal parasites, and hemorrhoids.
Topically, water germander is used for severe wounds, gangrene, and joint pain.

Pregnancy And Lactation: Insufficient reliable information is available; avoid using.

There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of water germander.

Natural Medicines 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.

Dosing & administration

  • AdultOral:

    General A typical dose is four teaspoons (7.2 grams) above ground parts per day, as a prepared tea (18).


    General A typical dose is four teaspoons (7.2 grams) above ground parts per day, as a prepared tea for topical use (18).

  • Standardization & formulationThere is insufficient reliable information available about the standardization of water germander.

Adverse effects

General: No adverse effects have been reported. However, a thorough evaluation of safety outcomes has not been conducted.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

None known.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

None known.

Interactions with foods

None known.

Interactions with lab tests

None known.

Interactions with diseases

None known.

Mechanism of action

General: The applicable parts of water germander are the above ground parts (101820). Constituents of water germander include vanillic acid, p-coumaric acid, sinapinic acid, catechin, and rutin (101820).


There is insufficient reliable information available about the pharmacokinetics of water germander.


18Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.
101820Milosevic-Djordjevic O, Radovic Jakovljevic M, Markovic A, et al. Polyphenolic contents of Teucrium polium L. and Teucrium scordium L. associated with their protective effects against MMC-induced chromosomal damage in cultured human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Turk J Biol. 2018;42(2):152-162. View abstract.
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