The berries of the glossy privet tree,
, have a long history of use in
One of the most famous combination therapies containing ligustrum is named Erzhi Wan, or “Two-Solstices Pill.” It consists of ligustrum berries harvested at the winter solstice, combined with another herb ( Eclipta alba ) harvested at the summer solstice. The combined treatment is thought of as providing a balance of two opposite “energies.”
What is Ligustrum Used for Today?
Ligustrum is currently marketed as a treatment for strengthening the immune system, and on this basis is often recommended for use by people undergoing treatment for cancer
Very weak evidence from
Although use of ligustrum appears to be well tolerated in general, the herb has not undergone any meaningful safety evaluation at the level of modern scientific standards. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease is definitely not established.
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