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Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

Glossy privet, Ligustrum lucidum


Ligustrum is a shrub with white flowers. The berries have been used to reduce signs of aging and ease ringing in the ears. Ligustrum can be taken as a pill or extract.


There are no advised doses for ligustrum.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

There is not enough data to support that ligustrum is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It may be safe for most people to take ligustrum for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period or if it is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • People with certain plant allergies may have an allergic reaction to ligustrum.A1


A1. Pajarón MJ, Vila L, et al. Cross-reactivity of Olea europaea with other Oleaceae species in allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. Allergy. 1997 Aug;52(8):829-835.

Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 6/22/2020