Queen Anne’s lace

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What is Queen-Anne’s-Lace used for?

Queen-Anne’s-Lace is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground and an oil made from the seeds are used to make medicine. It is commonly used for:

  • Urinary tract problems including kidney stones, bladder problems, water retention, and excess uric acid in the urine
  • Gout
  • A painful joint problem caused by too much uric acid
  • Severe diarrhea (dysentery)
  • Indigestion
  • Intestinal gas
  • Pain in the uterus
  • Starting menstrual periods
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Kidney problems
  • Worm infestations
  • As a “nerve tonic” and to increase sexual arousal (as an aphrodisiac)

Queen-Anne’s-Lace may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How does it work?

There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing Queen-Anne’s-Lace contains chemicals, which might have effects on blood vessels, muscles, and the heart.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Queen-Anne’s-Lace?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
  • You have allergy with any substances of Queen-Anne’s-Lace or other medications or other herbals, such as allergy to celery and related plants. Queen-Anne’s-Lace may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to birch, mugwort, spices, celery, and related plants. This has been called the “celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome.”
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions, especially of kidney problems.
  • You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.

How safe is Queen-Anne’s-Lace?


There is no proven effective dose for Queen-Anne’s-Lace in children.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

It is not safe to take Queen-Anne’s-Lace if you are pregnant. The seeds, oil, and parts that grow above the ground can make the uterus contract and might start menstruation. These effects could cause a miscarriage.

There is not enough information about how safe the seeds and parts that grow above the ground are to use during breastfeeding.


Stop using Queen-Anne’s-Lace at least 2 weeks before a scheduled procedure.

Side effects

What kind of side effects may I have from Queen-Anne’s-Lace?

Queen-Anne’s-Lace seed oil seems to be safe when taken by mouth for most adults in the amounts used in medicines.

High doses of Queen-Anne’s-Lace oil can cause kidney damage and nerve problems. Queen-Anne’s-Lace can cause skin rash and increase the risk of sunburn when in the sun.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.


What interactions may I have with Queen-Anne’s-Lace?

This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.

Especially if you are taking these medications, such as:

  • Estrogens: Taking Queen-Anne’s-Lace along with estrogen pills might decrease the effects of estrogen pills. Some estrogen pills include conjugated equine estrogens (Premarin), ethinyl estradiol, estradiol, and others.
  • Lithium: Taking Queen-Anne’s-Lace might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects.
  • Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs): Large amounts of Queen-Anne’s-Lace seem to increase blood pressure, so Queen-Anne’s-Lace might decrease the effectiveness of medications for high blood pressure. Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.
  • Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight: Taking Queen-Anne’s-Lace along with medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. These drugs include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).


The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.

What is the usual dose for Queen-Anne’s-Lace?

The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.

What form does Queen-Anne’s-Lace come in?

This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:

  • Liquid extract
  • Teas, or taken in tincture

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: April 15, 2017 | Last Modified: December 6, 2019