Despite serious safety concerns, some people take groundsel by mouth for worm infections and colic. Some people also drink the pressed juice for irregular or painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) and epilepsy.
The pressed juice is sometimes applied directly to gums to stop bleeding.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Irregular or painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea).
- Stopping dental bleeding, when applied directly to the affected area.
- Other conditions.
It’s also LIKELY UNSAFE to apply groundsel directly to broken skin. The dangerous chemicals in groundsel can be absorbed quickly through broken skin and can lead to dangerous body-wide toxicity. Steer clear of skin products that aren’t certified and labeled "hepatotoxic PA-free." There isn’t enough information to know if it’s safe to apply groundsel to unbroken skin. It’s best to avoid use.
Special Precautions and Warnings
It’s also LIKELY UNSAFE to apply groundsel directly to broken skin. The dangerous chemicals in groundsel can be absorbed quickly through broken skin and can lead to dangerous body-wide toxicity. Steer clear of skin products that aren’t certified and labeled "hepatotoxic PA-free." There isn’t enough information to know if it’s safe to apply groundsel to unbroken skin. It’s best to avoid use. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use groundsel preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs during pregnancy. These products might cause birth defects and liver damage.
It’s also LIKELY UNSAFE to use groundsel preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs if you are breast-feeding. These chemicals can pass into breast-milk and might harm the nursing infant.
It’s not known whether products that are certified hepatotoxic PA-free are safe to use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using any groundsel preparation if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Groundsel may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking groundsel.
Liver disease: There is concern that the hepatotoxic PAs in groundsel might make liver disease worse.
Medications that increase break down of other medications by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 [CYP3A4] inducers) interacts with GROUNDSEL
Groundsel is broken down by the liver. Some chemicals that form when the liver breaks down groundsel can be harmful. Medications that cause the liver to break down groundsel might enhance the toxic effects of chemicals contained in groundsel.
Some of these medicines include carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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