Agueweed, Crosswort, Eupatoire, Eupatorio, Feverwort, Indian
Plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Vegetable Antimony.
CAUTION: See separate listings for Gravel Root and Sage.
People Use This For:
Orally, boneset is used as an antipyretic, diuretic, laxative,
emesis, and cathartic.
Boneset is also used to treat influenza (especially with aching
flu, acute bronchitis, nasal inflammation, rheumatism, edema,
dengue fever, and
pneumonia; and as a stimulant and a diaphoretic.
POSSIBLY UNSAFE: When used orally in excessive amounts. Large
both cathartic and emetic. Though the alkaloids have not been
hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are common in this
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: POSSIBLY UNSAFE ...when used orally, due
to possible hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid content (3); avoid
There is insufficient reliable information available about the
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable parts of boneset are the dried leaf and flowering
Preliminary research suggests boneset might have cytotoxic and
antibacterial activity (4).
Report an Adverse Reaction to BONESET
Orally, boneset can cause an allergic reaction in individuals
sensitive to the
Asteraceae / Compositae family. Members of this family include
chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other herbs.
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
: Concomitant use is contraindicated due to the risk of additive
containing hepatotoxic PAs include borage, butterbur, coltsfoot,
root, hemp agrimony, hound's tongue, and the Senecio species
miller, alpine ragwort, groundsel, golden ragwort, and tansy
Interactions with Drugs:
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
Interactions with Diseases or Conditions:
CROSS-ALLERGENICITY: Boneset can cause an allergic reaction in
sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this
ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many other
ORAL: Traditionally one cup of tea, prepared by steeping 1-2
grams herb in 150
mL boiling water, has been used three times daily. The liquid
extract, 1:1 in 25%
alcohol, has been used 1-2 mL three times daily. 1-4 mL of the
tincture, 1:5 in
45% alcohol, has also been used three times daily (1).