Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 18, 2019.
What are other common names?
- Sambucus nigra
- Black Elder
- Black Elderberry
- Black-Berried Alder
- Boor Tree
- Common Elder
- Elder Berry
- Elder Flower
- Elderberry Fruit
- European Alder
- European Black Elder
- European Black Elderberry
- European Elder
- European Elder Fruit
- European Elderberry
- Sweet Elder
What is this product used for?
Elderberry is used by some people as medicine. Science does not support the use of this product for any health problem.
What are the precautions when taking this product?
Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.
The berries, leaves, and stems of the elderberry should be cooked before eating it.
Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.
Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:
Problems with your immune system
What should I watch for?
Loss of appetite
When do I need to call the doctor?
Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.
Very bad throwing up
Very bad loose stools
Very bad stomach cramps
Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
Where can I learn more?
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
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