Herbs & Botanicals
Clematis (wei ling xian)
What is clematis? What is it used for?
Clematis is a non-climbing, leafy plant native to Europe. The plant grows
to a height of 2-4 feet, with white, pink or purple flowers. The flowers
are used in a variety of herbal formulas and preparations.
Traditionally, clematis was used to treat blisters and as a poultice
for infected wounds and ulcers. It was also employed as a remedy for venereal
diseases (particularly syphilis), rheumatism and bone disorders. Today,
it is used by the pharmaceutical industry for rheumatic pains, headaches
and varicose veins. Homeopathic practitioners sometimes incorporate clematis
into their formulas for ulcers and the promotion of wound healing.
How much clematis should I take?
There is no standard recommended dosage for clematis; however, tiny amounts
of clematis are used in homeopathic dilutions.
What forms of clematis are available?
Clematis is seldom used in modern practices. It is available in the form
of decoctions, which are used in poultices, extracts and homeopathic formulas.
What can happen if I take too much clematis?
Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should
Clematis is poisonous. While there are no known health hazards or side-effects
when the herb is taken in proper doses, extended skin contact with freshly
harvested clematis can cause skin rashes and blisters. High doses taken
internally may cause gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, colic, and irritation
of the urinary tract.
Clematis should never be used by children, or by women who are pregnant
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