MASTERWORT Overview Information
Masterwort is a plant. People use it to make medicine.
Despite safety concerns, people take masterwort for relief of muscle cramps, stomach disorders, digestive problems, diarrhea, and swelling of the tissue that lines the stomach and intestines.
There have been some reports that masterwort is used as a replacement to “stretch” greater burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella major) products.
How does it work?
There is not enough information to know how masterwort might work.
- Muscle cramps.
- Stomach disorders.
- Digestion problems.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the lining of the stomach and intestines.
- Other conditions.
MASTERWORT Side Effects & Safety
Masterwort is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. It can cause the skin to burn more easily in the sun. Wear protective clothing and sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned. Also, there are some chemicals in masterwort that can cause cancer.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding:If you are pregnant, it’s LIKELY UNSAFE to take masterwort by mouth, especially in early pregnancy. It might start your menstrual period, and that could cause a miscarriage.
It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take masterwort by mouth if you are breast-feeding. It’s best to avoid use.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light including sunlamp treatment for certain skin conditions such as psoriasis, use of tanning beds, or time in sunlight: Masterwort causes sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light. It could cause your skin to burn. Don’t use masterwort if you are receiving UV light therapy. Also, stay out of the sun and avoid tanning beds if you are taking masterwort.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs) interacts with MASTERWORT
Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Masterwort might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Taking masterwort along with medication that increase sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.
Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).
The appropriate dose of masterwort 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 masterwort. 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.