What is it?
Watercress is an herbal medicine that is used in colds and the flue that affect the throat, for treating inflammation (soreness and swelling), and on the skin for infections, acne, and rashes.
Other names for Watercress include: Nasturtium officinale, Garden Cress, Scurvy Grass, Herba Nasturtii Aquatici, Brunnendresenkraut, Wasserkresse, Creson de Fontaine, and Herbe aux Chantes.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
- are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
- are breastfeeding
- have ulcers or kidney disease
- have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much Watercress you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Watercress. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
To store this medicine:
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
- Before taking Watercress, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Do not use if you have ulcers or kidney disease (1)
- Not to be used by children under the age of four (1)
- Should not be taken in large amounts or for a long period of time; may cause stomach upset (2)
Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.
- Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
- Chest pain
- Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin
Other Side Effects:
This medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
1. Blumenthal, Busse, Goldberg, et al: The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. The American Botanical Council, Austin, TX; 1998.
2. Bisset NG, Wichtl M (eds): Herbal and Phytopharmaceuticals: a handbook for practice on a scientific basis. Medpharm Scientific Publishers, CRC Press, Stuttgart, Germany; 1994.
3. Fetrow C & Avila J: Professional's Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Springhouse Corporation, Springhouse, PA; 1999.
Last Updated: 1/4/2011