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    Christmas Flower, Easter Flower, Étoile de Noël, Euphorbia poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, Fleur Pentecôte, Flor de Pascua, Lobster Flower Plant, Lobsterplant, Mexican Flame Leaf, Noche Buena, Paintedleaf, Papagallo, Pastora, Poinsettia pulch...
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    POINSETTIA Overview
    POINSETTIA Side Effects
    POINSETTIA Interactions
    POINSETTIA Overview Information

    Poinsettia is a flowering plant. The whole plant and its sap (latex) are used to make medicine.

    Despite safety concerns, people take poinsettia to treat fever, stimulate breast milk production, and cause an abortion. They also take the latex to kill pain, kill bacteria, and cause vomiting.

    Some people apply poinsettia latex directly to the skin (use topically) to remove hair, treat warts, and heal other skin disorders. It also used topically for toothaches.

    How does it work?

    There isn’t enough information to know how poinsettia works.

    POINSETTIA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Fever.
    • Pain.
    • Infection.
    • Warts, when applied directly.
    • Skin disorders, when applied directly.
    • Toothache, when applied directly.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of poinsettia for these uses.

    POINSETTIA Side Effects & Safety

    Poinsettia might be UNSAFE. It can cause skin rash; severe eye irritation; and irritation or burns to the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestinal linings.

    Recent studies indicate that the plant is less toxic than once believed. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 22,793 cases of potential poisoning with no fatalities and 92.4% with no toxicity.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Children: Poinsettia might be UNSAFE in children when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Poinsettia might have caused the poisoning death of a 2-year-old child.

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It might be UNSAFE to use poinsettia if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Don’t use it.

    Digestive tract disorders such as stomach ulcer, irritable bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease: Poinsettia might irritate the digestive tract. Don’t use it if you any of these conditions.

    POINSETTIA Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for POINSETTIA Interactions


    The appropriate dose of poinsettia 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 poinsettia. 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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