Monograph: Birch, White

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Date: 2019-07-01

NHPID name

Betula pubescens ( Germplasm Resources Information Network Taxonomy )

Proper name(s)

Betula pubescens ( USDA 2008 )

Common name(s)

Source material

Leaf ( Bradley 2006 , ESCOP 2003 )

Route Of administration


Dosage form(s)

Use(s) or purpose(s)

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Used in Herbal Medicine as a diuretic.


Duration of use

For occasional use only.

Risk information

Statement(s) to the effect of:

Caution(s) and Warning(s): Contraindication(s): No statement is required Known Adverse Reaction(s): No statement is required

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural health products ingredients database and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.


References cited

References reviewed

Appendix 1: Examples of appropriate dosage preparations, frequencies of use and directions for use

Dried leaf:

2 - 3 g, several times per day [not to exceed 9 g per day] (Blumenthal et al. 1998)


Directions for use:

Pour 250 ml of boiling water on dried leaf and steep for 10 minutes (Hoffmann 2003).