Ajuga Nipponensis

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Ajuga, Junihitoe.


Ajuga nipponensis is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

People take Ajuga nipponensis to treat coughs, fluid retention, and pain and swelling (inflammation). It is also used to boost the body's defense (immunity) and to prevent liver disease.

How does it work?

Preliminary research suggests that chemicals in Ajuga nipponensis might help fight cancer and protect the liver.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Ajuga nipponensis for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

It isn't known if Ajuga nipponensis is safe. Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Ajuga nipponensis during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of Ajuga nipponensis depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Ajuga nipponensis. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Liao SC, Chiu TF, Chen JC, Lin CC. Ajuga nipponensis Makino poisoning. Clin Toxicol (Phila) 2005;43:583-5. View abstract.