People use smartweed for diarrhea, to stop bleeding, for the common cold, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if smartweed is safe. It might cause side effects such as skin irritation and swelling (inflammation), especially when the skin is in contact with the fresh plant.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if smartweed is safe. It might cause side effects such as skin irritation and swelling (inflammation), especially when the skin is in contact with the fresh plant. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if smartweed is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Ulcers or other stomach and intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) disorders: Smartweed can irritate the tissues that line the stomach and intestines, making ulcers and GI problems worse. Avoid using smartweed if you have ulcers or another GI disorder.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with SMARTWEED
Smartweed contains large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, smartweed might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
Be cautious with this combination
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