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Horsetail

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

  • Equisetum arvense, field horsetail, scouring horsetail, western horsetail

Introduction

Horsetail is a short green plant that grows in most parts of the world. It has been used to ease swelling in the joints and increase urine flow. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Horsetail can also be made into a tea.

Dosages

There aren’t any advised doses for horsetail.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

  • Rheumatoid arthritisA
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe for most adults to take horsetail for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period or by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. B1
Interactions
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
  • People with HIV should talk to their doctors before taking horsetail. It may interact with their medicines. B2

References

A
Rheumatoid Arthritis
A1
Jiang X, Qu Q, et al. Horsetail mixture on rheumatoid arthritis and its regulation on TNF-α and IL-10. Pak J Pharm Sci. 2014;27(6):2019-2023.
B
Safety
B1
Klnçalp S, Ekiz F, et al. Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail)-induced liver injury. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Feb;24(2):213-214.
B2
Cordova E, Morganti L, et al. Possible Drug-Herb Interaction between Herbal Supplement Containing Horsetail ( Equisetum arvense) and Antiretroviral Drugs. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2017 Jan/Feb;16(1):11-13.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 02/2020
  • Update Date: 05/27/2020
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