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Verbena (Verbena officinalis)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • 9-OHSA, beta-myrcene, acteoside, acetylacteoside, adenosine, apigenin, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, brasoside, chrysoeriol, citral, Cleopatra, daucosterol, dihydrochalcone, dihydroverbenalin, epioleanolic acid, epiursolic acid, flavonoids, gelsemiol, hastatoside, hydroxywogonin, iridoid glucosides, iridoids, isoverbascoside, jionoside, littorachalcone, littoralisone, luteolin, martynoside, methoxyflavone glycosides, neohesperidoside, oleanolic acid, phenylethanoid glycosides, phenylethanoids, phenylpropanoid glycoside, pulchelloside, saponins, stigmastene, trihydroxyflavone, triterpenoids, ursolic acid, verbenachalcone, verbascoside, verbascoside-phenylethanoids, Verbena bipinnatifida Nutt., Verbena bonariensis L., Verbena elegans, Verbena hybrida L., Verbena x hybrida, Verbena littoralis, Verbena officinalis L., Verbena stricta, Verbena triphylla, Verbenaceae (family), verbenalin, verbenin, verbenone, vervain, vitamin K.
  • Note: This monograph does not include lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla).

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Verbena (Verbena officinalis) is a perennial herb native to Europe. It has been used traditionally in northern Europe for rheumatic pain and wounds (1) and in Ayurvedic medicine as a contraceptive (2).
  • Preliminary research suggests potential antioxidant, neurological, and endocrine actions of verbena. However, there is currently insufficient evidence available in humans to support the use of verbena for any indication.

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Interactions

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References

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