Meadowsweet: Practice Points – Patient Counselling. FAQ

2010

Meadowsweet is traditionally used as a herbal antacid, analgesic and antipyretic, antidiarrheal and treatment for urinary tract infections.

• Commission E approves its use as supportive therapy for the common cold.

• It contains several different salicylates that are thought to be responsible for much of its clinical activity.

• Although it contains salicylates, the herb does not appear to cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and may in fact have anti-ulcer activity.

• People who are salicylate sensitive should not take this herbal medicine.

• In practice, it is often combined with herbs such as chamomile and marshmallow in the treatment of gastrointestinal complaints.

Answers to Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

What will this herb do for me?

Traditionally, the herb has been used to treat gastrointestinal complaints such as dyspepsia and diarrhea, urinary tract infections and joint aches and pains. It is also used as supportive therapy for the common cold.

When will it start to work?

Symptomatic relief should be experienced within the first few doses.

Are there any safety issues?

People who are salicylate sensitive should not take meadowsweet.