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Generic: Veratrum viride
treats Cardiovascular and renal dysfunction, Pre-eclampsia/pregnancy-induced hypertension, and Hypertension

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WARNING: 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.
Antioxidant, arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms), bruises, cardiac conditions, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), diaphoretic (promotes sweating), emetic (induces vomiting), expectorant, fever reducer, fractures, heart rate reduction (homeopathic), lice, mental illness, pain, pesticide, skin care (topical rubefacient), snake bite, sprains.


Adults (18 years and older)

There is currently a lack of available scientific information about safe or effective dosing of American hellebore in adults. Most preparations used in studies contain isolated jervine alkaloids from American hellebore (Vertavis®, Veratrone®), and no doses of whole American hellebore have been noted.

Children (younger than 18 years)

There is currently a lack of available scientific information about safe or effective dosing of American hellebore in children.


DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.


Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to plants in the lily family (Liliaceae) or a known allergy to American hellebore or any related species of Veratrum.

Side Effects and Warnings

It appears that American hellebore is not well tolerated in humans. Even at recommended doses, American hellebore may cause toxicity that may result in death. The isolated chemical constituents (steroidal alkaloids) have been reported to cause arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat), bradycardia (slowed heart rate), hypotension (low blood pressure), headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset and altered renal (kidney) function. Patients with cardiovascular disorders should use caution when taking American hellebore.

Homeopathic American hellebore may be safe for use, but currently there is a lack of available information regarding side effects.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

American hellebore should be avoided in pregnant and breastfeeding women since it may be toxic even at therapeutic doses.

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