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CANADA BALSAM

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Abies balsamea, Balm of Gilead, Balsam Canada, Balsam, Balsam Fir, Balsam Fir Canada, Balsam of Fir, Bálsamo de Canadá, Baume de Galaad, Baume de Galahad, Baume de Gilead, Baume du Canada, Canada Turpentine, Canadian Balsam, Eastern Fir, Fir Bal...
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CANADA BALSAM Overview
CANADA BALSAM Uses
CANADA BALSAM Side Effects
CANADA BALSAM Interactions
CANADA BALSAM Dosing
CANADA BALSAM Overview Information

Canada balsam is a plant. People use it for medicine.

Canada balsam is applied directly to the skin to treat hemorrhoids and kill germs.

Historically, it has been used for burns, sores, cuts, tumors, heart and chest pains, cancer, mucous membrane swelling (inflammation), colds, coughs, warts, wounds, and as a pain-reliever.

In dentistry, Canada balsam is used in root canal sealers and pastes for cleaning teeth.

In foods, Canada balsam is used to flavor foods and beverages.

In manufacturing, Canada balsam is used in cosmetics as a fixative and fragrance and in ointments and creams. It is also used as cement for lenses and prepared microscope slides.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how Canada balsam might work.

CANADA BALSAM Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Burns.
  • Sores.
  • Cuts.
  • Tumors.
  • Chest pains.
  • Cancer.
  • Inflammation.
  • Use in dental products.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Canada balsam for these uses.


CANADA BALSAM Side Effects & Safety

Canada balsam might be safe for most people when applied to the skin. Canada balsam needles and twigs are used to make food flavoring, but there isn't enough information to know if it's safe in amounts greater than those typically found in foods. There aren't any known harmful side effects of Canada balsam, but it hasn't been well researched by scientists.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Canada balsam during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

CANADA BALSAM Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for CANADA BALSAM Interactions

CANADA BALSAM Dosing

The appropriate dose of Canada balsam for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Canada balsam. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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