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Pimpinella is an herb. The root and the parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used as medicine.
People take pimpinella for upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder and kidney stones, and fluid retention (edema). Pimpinella is also used to help digestion.
Some people apply pimpinella directly to the affected area for sore mouth and throat or add it to bath water to treat poorly healing wounds and varicose veins.
There are reports that some makers of pimpinella root products “stretch” their product by secretly adding other herbs including Heracleum sphondylium (Masterwort), Heracleum mantegazzianum, and Pastinaca sativa (Parsnip).
How does it work?
There is interest in using pimpinella root for respiratory infections because it is thought to help loosen and move airway mucus. However, this effect hasn't been proven.