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Yarrow

Also indexed as:Achillea millefolium
Yarrow: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Achillea millefolium

Parts Used & Where Grown

This prolific plant grows in Europe, North America, and Asia. A number of species are used as garden ornamentals. The flowering tops of yarrow are used in herbal medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Amenorrhea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow has traditionally been thought to stimulate absent or diminished menses, though it has not been studied clinically.
Colic
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow is a gas-relieving herb used in traditional medicine to treat colic. It is generally given by healthcare professionals as teas or decoctions to the infant.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow is a diaphoretic herb that has been used for relief of sore throats.
Crohn's Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow is an anti-inflammatory herb historically recommended by doctors for people with Crohn's disease.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow is a digestive stimulant widely used in traditional medicine in North America.
Inflammation
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Traditional herbal medicine in Europe, China, and India has used yarrow to to treat inflammation in a number of conditions, especially in the intestinal and female reproductive tracts.
Premenstrual Syndrome
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Based on anecdotal evidence, yarrow tea may be beneficial when the main symptom of PMS is spastic pain.
Ulcerative Colitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow is an anti-inflammatory and soothing herb that may be effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Traditional herbal medicine has used yarrow in three broad categories.1 First, it was used to help stop minor bleeding and to treat wounds. Second, it was used to treat inflammation in a number of conditions, especially in the intestinal and female reproductive tracts. Third, it was utilized as a mild sedative. Some or all of these historical uses occurred in Europe, China, and India. The ancient Chinese fortune-telling system known as the I Ching first used dried yarrow stems, then later replaced them with coins.2

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