Germander:
What is it?

Germander:
How is it Used?


  Find Us on Facebook
  Follow Us on Twitter

FoundHealth is created by contributors like you!   edit Edit   comments Comments
wheel

1 person worked on this article:

FoundHealth
Print
Share
         

Germander Overview

Overview

The herb germander is a dramatic counterexample to the widely held belief that if a treatment has been used for thousands of years, it must be safe. Germander grows wild in the Mediterranean region, especially in Greece and Syria. It has a long tradition of use for gout , as well as febrile illnesses, asthma , coughs, depression , and congestive heart failure . It was also said to improve digestion and increase appetite. What traditional herbalists appear to have missed is that germander is toxic to the liver.

In the 1980s, germander became a popular treatment for weight control in France. A small epidemic of hepatitis was the result. ^[5] ^[6] ^[7] ^[8] ^[9] ^[10] ^[11] ^[12] ^[13] ^[14] ^[15] Subsequent research demonstrated conclusively that the herb is toxic to the liver but has not precisely identified the constituents at fault. ^[16] ^[17] ^[18] ^[19] ^[20] Problems have also occurred when products labelled as containing skullcap have turned out to contain germander instead. ^[22] Germander was subsequently banned in France and many other countries. Unfortunately, numerous websites continue to promote the use of this herb. We recommend avoiding germander entirely.

Preview