Generic: Ranunculus bulbosus
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Anodyne, anthelmintic (expels worms), antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antimutagenic (inhibits mutations), antipyretic (reduces fever), antiseptic, antitumor, antiviral, blisters (skin), cancer, candidal infection, constipation, corns, dental cavities, diaphoretic (promotes sweating), diarrhea, fibromyalgia, food uses, fungicide, gout, headache, herbicide, herpes zoster, hypnotic, galactagogue (promotes secretion of milk), leukemia, mouth sores, nephritis, pain, pesticide, pimples (small), purgative, rheumatism, rubefacient (counter- irritant), sciatica, sedative, shingles, skin cancer, skin conditions, sneezing (provokes), spasmolytic, stomach complaints, teething pain, venereal disease, warts, wounds.
Adults (18 years and older)
There is no proven safe or effective dose for bulbous buttercup. Tea made from fresh leaves has been used for gastrointestinal upset, and decoctions of bulbous buttercup have been used to treat sexually transmitted diseases. Tinctures taken by mouth have also been used for sciatica and shingles.
Fresh root put in the tooth cavity has been used for dental cavity pain, and the juice of fresh bulbous buttercup has been applied to nostrils to induce sneezing for the relief of headache. For pain and rheumatism, freshly ground upper parts of the plant rubbed directly on the area of pain to form blisters has been used.
Children (younger than 18 years)
There is no proven safe or effective dose for bulbous buttercup. However, 1 tablespoon of cooled infusion (2 drachms of fresh root cut into small pieces infused in 1 pint of hot water) has been used for obstinate sore mouth.