Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy)

Medical Indication

Part of the plant which can be used

  • We use the leaves of the plant, fresh or dried and also the flowers.

Present in the market

  • Tincture
  • Herbal tea

Medical Use and Dosage – mode of administration

The most common use of TANACETUM VULGARE was as an abortifacient. It stimulates blood flow to the pelvis and uterus and was used to bring on menstruation or abort and unwanted pregnancy.
It has also been used in children to treat lice, fleas and worms.
As herbal tea we use 1 spoon of dried tansy in one cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. We drink twice daily.
For tincture we use 1-2ml 3 times daily.
The fresh green leaves can be pounded and applied as poultice.

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Combinations & Contraindications

Pregnant women must avoid using it because it can lead to miscarriage.
Tansy should be used only under medical guidance because an incorrect dosage can be highly toxic.

Recognized Ethnobotanical use

TANACETUM VULGARE was traditionally recognized as an abortifacient.

Dissemination & Use