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What is Hyssop Used for Today?
The essential oil of hyssop is still recommended by herbalists today for treatment of respiratory and digestive problems such as the common cold , asthma , acute bronchitis and cough , stomach upset, and intestinal gas . Hyssop tea is recommended as a gargle for sore throat. However, there is no meaningful evidence that it is effective for any of these purposes.
Very preliminary evidence, too weak to rely upon at all, hints that extracts of hyssop might have anti-HIV activity. 1 Other preliminary evidence weakly suggests that constituents in hyssop might reduce absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract. 2 This has led to statements that hyssop is helpful for treating diabetes and aiding weight loss , but in reality the current evidence is far too weak to draw any such conclusion.
- Kreis W, Kaplan MH, Freeman J, et al. Inhibition of HIV replication by Hyssop officinalis extracts. AntiviralRes. 1990;14:323–337.
- Miyazaki H, Matsuura H, Yanagiya C, et al. Inhibitory effects of hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis ) extracts on intestinal alpha-glucosidase activity and postprandial hyperglycemia. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2004;49:346–9.