Betony: benefits, how to and side effects


What is betony for?

Betony is a herbal plant included in the mint family. This herb is widespread in western and southern Europe. The top of the plant is drained and used medically.

Betony is a plant used as an astringent and a mouthwash or tea. Given to treat anxiety and given as a solution or as a cigarette.

But in general betony plant is used to:

  • digestive disorders including heartburn, diarrhea, and flatulence
  • respiratory problems including bronchitis and asthma
  • Pain conditions include gout, headache, and facial pain
  • urinary tract conditions including bladder and kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) and pain and swelling (inflammation) of the bladder
  • Stress and tension, anxiety, epilepsy
  • In combination with other herbs, betony is used to treat nerve pain (neuralgia) and anxiety.

How does it work?

There is not enough research on how this herbal supplement works. Discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are several studies that suggest that betony may be useful as an astringent or anti-diarrhea

Because of the high content of tannins, betony is a plant that can be used to treat diarrhea and irritation of the mouth and throat. Research shows no animal or clinical data related to the use of betony as anti-diarrhea.

In addition, betony contains sedative properties, relieving stress, nervousness and tension. Research shows no animal or clinical data related to the use of betony as a sedative. In combination with other herbs such as comfrey or limes, betony is effective for sinus headaches and blocked noses.


The information provided below is not a substitute for medical recommendations. Always consult your herbalist or doctor before taking this medication.

How many doses are commonly used for betony for adults?

Betony is an herb that is used to make tea, mouthwash, or cigarette. For a solution form of betony, 2-4 ml can be used 2-3 times per day.

Doses of herbal supplements may differ for each patient. The dose you need depends on your age, health, and some other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe for consumption. Discuss with an herbalist or doctor for a dose that suits you best.

In what form is betony available?

This herbal supplement can be available in the following forms and doses:

  • capsule
  • tea

Side effects

What side effects can betony have?

Betony can lead to several side effects including hepatotoxicity, gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, and anorexia. Not everyone has this side effect. There may be other side effects not listed here. If you have concerns about certain side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.

What should I know before taking betony?

Betony can affect blood pressure. There are some concerns if this will affect the blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using betony at least 2 weeks before your surgery schedule is done.

You should monitor your blood pressure, pulse, and character, as well as the results of liver function tests (AST, ALT bilirubin) to identify liver damage when using betony.

Store the betony in a cool, dry place and keep it away from the heat and moisture. The regulations governing the use of herbal supplements are not as restrictive as drug regulation. Further research is needed to know its safety. Before using, make sure the benefits of using herbal supplements outweigh the risks. Consult an herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is betony?

Because it can stimulate uterine contractions, you should not use betony plants during pregnancy. Avoid using these herbs during breastfeeding and should not be given to children until further research is available.

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