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Potentilla is a plant in the same family as roses. The flowers and leaves have been used to ease swelling in the body and on the skin. Potentilla has also been used to aid digestion and treat diarrhea. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. It may also be made into a tea or used as a cream.


There are no recommended doses for potentilla.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to use potentilla on the skin. It is also likely safe when taken by mouth if it is used in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.


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A1. Anheyer D, Frawley J, et al. Herbal Medicines for Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2017 Jun;139(6). pii: e20170062. doi:10.1542/peds.2017-0062. Epub 2017 May 4. Review.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 3/2/2019