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The dried ripe fruit of Juniperus communis (family Pinaceae).
[L. the juniper tree]


Herbal medicine
An evergreen shrub, the berries of which contain flavonoids, gallotannin, vitamin C and volatile oils (including camphene, juniperin, limonene, myrcene, pinene, sabinene, terpinene and thujone). Juniper is antiseptic, antitussive, carminative, diuretic and expectorant, and has been used to treat urinary tract infections, neuralgia, rheumatic complaints, gout and sciatica.
Toxic effects
Juniper should not be used internally in pregnancy or in those with kidney disease.


n Latin names:
Juniperus communis, Juniperus oxycedrus L.; part used: berries (dried); uses: diuretic, antiflatulent, antiinflammatory, abortifacient, diabetes mellitus, urinary infections; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children. Also called
a'ra'r a'di, ardic, baccal juniper, common juniper, dwarf, gemener, genievre, ground juniper, hackmatack, harvest, horse savin, juniper mistletoe, yoshu-nezu, or


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