Also Known As:
Buckbean, Marsh Trefoil, Menyanthes, Water Shamrock.
People Use This For:
Bogbean is used for rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, loss of appetite, and
In food manufacturing, bogbean is used as a flavoring agent.
No concerns regarding safety when used orally in amounts commonly found in
No concerns regarding safety when used orally in medicinal amounts,2 no clinical
reports of problems.
Pregnancy and Lactation: Refer to a Medical Herbalist.
There is insufficient scientific information available to comment.
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable part of bogbean is the leaf. The bitter principles, or iridoids, can
stimulate saliva and gastric juices (3,1). Bogbean can have purgative actions (1).
None reported for normal dosage.
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
Interactions with Drugs:
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
Interactions with Diseases or Conditions:
Dr Clare’s Blends:1gm per day
Oral: The typical dose of bogbean is 1-3 grams of the dried leaf three times daily
or as a tea three times daily.
Specific References: BOGBEAN
Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A Guide for Healthcare
Professionals. London, UK: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American Herbal Products Association's
Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.
3. Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to
Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.
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