Overview

Parsnip is a plant with a deep, thick taproot. It was introduced to North America as a root crop from Europe and parts of Asia. The root and above-ground parts are used to make medicine.

People take parsnip for digestion problems, kidney disorders, fever, pain, and fluid retention, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

There isn't enough information to know how parsnip might work as a medicine.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Digestion problems.
  • Fever.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Kidney disorders.
  • Pain.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of parsnip for these uses.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Parsnip is LIKELY SAFE when used as food. However, there isn't enough reliable information to know if parsnip is safe to take as medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Parsnip is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. When used on the skin, parsnip can cause the skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock and protective clothing outside, especially if you are light-skinned.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Parsnip is LIKELY SAFE when used as food. However, there isn't enough reliable information to know if parsnip is safe to take as medicine or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Parsnip is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. When used on the skin, parsnip can cause the skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock and protective clothing outside, especially if you are light-skinned. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if parsnip is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for PARSNIP overview.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of parsnip 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 parsnip. 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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