Despite safety concerns, people take wood sorrel for liver and digestive disorders, a condition caused by lack of vitamin C (scurvy), wounds, and swollen gums.
Don’t confuse wood sorrel with sorrel.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Liver problems.
- Digestion problems.
- Vitamin C deficiency (scurvy).
- Gum swelling.
- Other conditions.
Taking wood sorrel by mouth can lead to crystals forming in the blood and depositing in the kidneys, blood vessels, heart, lungs, and liver.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Taking wood sorrel by mouth can lead to crystals forming in the blood and depositing in the kidneys, blood vessels, heart, lungs, and liver. While wood sorrel isn’t safe for anyone, some people are at even greater risk for serious side effects. Be especially careful not give wood sorrel to children or take it yourself if you have any of the following conditions.
Children: It is UNSAFE give wood sorrel to children. It contains crystals made of oxalic acid that can damage the organs. One four-year old child died after eating rhubarb leaves, which also contain oxalic acid.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Wood sorrel is UNSAFE for both mothers and infants. Avoid use.
Blood-clotting (coagulation) problems: Chemicals in wood sorrel can make blood clot too fast.
Stomach or intestinal disorders: Wood sorrel can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines and might make ulcers worse.
Kidney disease: The oxalic acid crystals in wood sorrel can damage the kidney and make existing kidney disease worse.
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