Horehound

Updated | 2018-10-29


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Horehound


Overview

Botanical Name: Marrubium vulgare


Order: Lamiales


Family: Lamiaceae


Horehound is a widely used herb added to cough drops.



Evidence

Strong:

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Good:

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Promising:

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Conflicting (Unclear):

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Limited Evidence:

  • Type 2 Diabetes [1]

No Evidence:

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No Clinical Research:

All other conditions.


Side Effects
Side effects may include:
  • Diarrhea
Precautions and Adverse Events:
  • Use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing horehound.
  • Although horehound is generally recognized as safe, adverse events may include: irregular heartbeat and low blood sugar symptoms. Therefore, people with diabetics and irregular heartbeat should use caution while taking horehound.
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Pregnant or Nursing

There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing horehound during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use. Horehound may cause miscarriages. [2-3]



Interactions

Major

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Moderate

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Potential

  • Anti-Depressants
  • Anti-Diabetic Drugs
  • Anti-Nausea/Anti-Vomiting Drugs
  • Drugs for Irregular Heartbeats
  • Drugs for Migraines
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Dosage

Horehound is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.



Compounds
Horehound compounds


References

1. Herrera-Arellano A, Aguilar-Santamaría L, García-Hernández B, Nicasio-Torres P, Tortoriello J. Clinical trial of Cecropia obtusifolia and Marrubium vulgare leaf extracts on blood glucose and serum lipids in type 2 diabetics. Phytomedicine. 2004 Nov;11(7-8):561-6. 2. Fetrow CW, Avila JR. The complete guide to herbal medicines. Spring House, PA, USA: Springhouse Corporation; 2000. 3. Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C, editors. PDR for herbal medicines. 4th ed. Montvale, NJ, USA: Thomson Healthcare; 2007. 4. Fetrow CW, Avila JR. The complete guide to herbal medicines. Spring House, PA, USA: Springhouse Corporation; 2000.

The "-" means there is no information.