Herb Library: Natural Herbs and Herbal Supplements Directory: Ligustrum





This fact sheet provides basic information about Ligustrum. Ligustrum is a small shrub native to China, Korea, and Japan but is now commonly found in the south and western parts of the United States. It is an evergreen with white flowers during the summer and small blue-black berries in the fall. The berry of ligustrum is used medicinally.

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What It Is Used For

  • Some Chinese studies suggest that ligustrum can stimulate the immune system, decrease inflammation, and protect the liver. However, these same findings have not been substantiated by clinical studies in Europe or the United States.
  • Ligustrum is frequently combined with astragalus in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC).

How It Is Used

  • Powdered, encapsulated berries, 1-3 teaspoons (5-15 grams) per day
  • Tea by adding 1/2-1 teaspoon (2-5 grams) of powdered or crushed berries to 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water and steeping for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Tinture, take 3/4-1 teaspoon (3-5 ml) of tincture three times per day

What the Science Says

  • More research is needed.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • None well documented.


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