Chickweed is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.
People take chickweed for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain.
Chickweed is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin problems including boils, abscesses, and ulcers.
In foods, chickweed is eaten in salads or served as cooked greens.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information to know how chickweed might work. While some people try chickweed for a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, the amount of vitamin C in chickweed is too small to be effective.
- Stomach and bowel problems.
- Muscle and joint pain.
- Skin conditions including boils, abscesses, and ulcers, when applied directly to the skin.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Chickweed is considered safe for most adults when taken by mouth, but the potential side effects are not known. It is not known if applying chickweed to the skin is safe or what the potential side effects might be.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of chickweed during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of chickweed 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 chickweed. 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.