Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra
Elderberry is a plant. The berries are used to make medicine.
Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 "swine" flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) .
Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.
Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring.
Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu, and might reduce inflammation.