Meadowsweet as an Antifungal Agent

If you have had problems with fungus infections, you probably looked at different cures. Herbal treatments are growing in popularity. There are many homeopathic remedies that claim to help with fungal infections. Meadowsweet is one of them; could you use it as an antifungal agent?

Exploring Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet is commonly known as Filipendula ulmaria. It is native to western Asia and most of Europe. Traditionally, meadowsweet was used for cold and flu symptoms. It was also used for arthritis. Unfortunately, there is very little data to prove beneficial properties.

According to a study from 2009, meadowsweet showed no antifungal activity. This means that there were no observable effects.

In another study, meadowsweet did show antimicrobial activity. However, this study tested the rate of rot on organic material, not on the effects of meadowsweet on fungus. Therefore, we can confidently say that data is inconclusive on whether it definitively affects fungus.

Meadowsweet contains flavonoids and tannins which could account for its health-enhancing properties. Flavonoids are a natural antioxidant. They help to eliminate free radicals and decreases the risk of serious diseases. Tannins are a microbial inhibitor, in other words, they stop fungal growth.

Different foods contain tannins. Teas, red wine, and berries are some foods that have tannins naturally. The fact that meadowsweet has high tannin content should not be the sole reason to try it. Tannins are in a variety of foods; several other options are available.

Final Thoughts

Though meadowsweet has a historical presence as a homeopathic remedy, there is very little research to support it. You can use meadowsweet as an antifungal agent based on its tannin content. But the conflicting data about it being antifungal should make you wary of using this only for fungal prevention.

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