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.
- Warts, when applied directly.
- Skin disorders, when applied directly.
- Toothache, when applied directly.
- Other conditions.
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.
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.