What are The Herbs for Treating Pancreatitis?

Although herbs should never be used alone to treat pancreatitis, some herbs may be helpful along with the use of conventional medical treatment. Patients suffering from Pancreatitis can benefit from consuming natural herbs taken in different forms such as dried extracts (capsules, tablets or pills), liquid extracts, and/ or teas. Author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” Phyllis Balch states that herbs for chronic pancreatitis help to treat various problems associated with this condition, including diabetes and digestive disorders. Tell your physician about any herb you may be considering taking before you do so, as some, can interfere with certain medications.

Herbs For

Herbs for Managing Pancreatitis

Dandelion – Herbal tea made from the Dandelion herb is effective for flushing out the intestines. It can help heal the damaged pancreatic tissues. Its roots strengthen and stimulate the Pancreas and improve the bile production.

Black Walnut Husk – In the case that pancreatitis is brought on an by infection from parasites then the decoction made from this herb is effective as it can aid in the  removal of  the parasites present in the pancreas and help it recover, heal and restore the damaged tissues.

Green Tea – Green tea, also known as Camellia Sinensis, has an abundance of antioxidants good for the body. Antioxidants will help in combating free radicals that can cause oxidative stress on the pancreas. Use the non caffeinated alternative when drinking green tea, as caffeine can stimulate an further more aggravate a inflamed pancreas.

Rhodiola – Rhodiola, also known as rhodiola roses, is termed an “adaptogen”. An adaptogen is a metabolic regulator which increases the ability of an organism to adapt to external and internal stress either physiological (external) or psychological (internal). It also has immunity supportive properties when taken in right dosage*

Cat’s Claw –  Cat’s claw, also known as  uncaria tomentosa, stimulates the immune system and can be taken for its positive effects on inflammation. Although a word of caution,  cat’s claw may also interact with certain medications and have adverse effects specially with those affected with leukemia and parkinson’s disese. If you are going to take it, do so, only after you have discussed it with your doctor.


Reishi Mushroom – Reishi mushroom, also known as, ganoderma lucidum can be taken for inflammation and for improved immunity. The herb if taken in high doses* can be helpful in thinning the blood and can increase the effect of blood thinning medicines like Coumadin (warfarin) and aspirin.


Indian Gooseberry – This herb has antioxidant support, and it is an agent to help prevent pancreatic disorders. It grows in India and the Middle East and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Today people still use the fruit of the tree to make medicine. It has anti-inflammatory effect. Most significant effect is it  helps in the pain and swelling of the pancreas.


Olive Leaf, Tumeric, Berries of Juniper, and Uva Ursi –These herbs also help in treating the swelling of the pancreas with their anti-inflammatory properties.  They can help heal and recover the tissues of the pancreas.

Important Note

Always make sure to consult with your physician about your interest in taking herbs. Your doctor will best guide you on which herbs are safe for you and suggest safe dosage.

“Prescription for Nutritional Healing”; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010

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