Sambucus is used for flu and common cold symptoms. If flu or cold symptoms do not improve after 7 to 10 days, talk to your doctor.
Sambucus is a plant also known as elderberry or elderflower. The sambucus flower and fruit are used in medicine.
Sambucus is used most often for flu and common cold symptoms.
Sambucus berry (elderberry) is thought to work by helping to prevent the flu virus from entering and infecting the cell. More evidence is needed to determine how Sambucus produces its effects.
Common side effects of sambucus include sweating.
Sambucus flower and fruit are used most often to treat cold and flu symptoms. In addition, sambucus flower (elderflower) is used as a diuretic and for sinus irritation, while sambucus fruit (elderberry) is used to help prevent infection with the flu virus.
Sambucus has not been proven effective for all of the uses listed above. Sambucus may be used for other conditions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Side Effects of Sambucus
Common side effects of sambucus include the following:
This is not a complete list of sambucus side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
No drug interactions have been determined by the manufacturer. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.
Special precautions & warnings:
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using sambucus if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or trying to become pregnant.
- Do not ingest raw sambucus berries that are not ripe, as this can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.