Birch is used for joint pain, kidney stones, bladder stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that birch may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using birch for COVID-19.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Joint pain.
- Kidney stones.
- Bladder stones.
- Infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs).
- Rough, scaly patches on skin caused by long-term sun exposure (actinic keratosis), when applied to the skin.
- Dandruff, when applied to the skin.
- Hair loss, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Birch is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when applied to the skin for short periods of time. It can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Birch is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when applied to the skin for short periods of time. It can cause allergic reactions in some people. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if birch is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Allergy to wild carrot, mugwort, celery, and other spices: Birch pollen might cause allergies in people who are sensitive to wild carrot, mugwort, and celery. This has been called the "celery-carrot-mugwort-spice syndrome." Birch pollen might also cause allergies in people who are sensitive to certain other plants, including apples, soybeans, hazelnuts, and peanuts.
High blood pressure: There is some concern that birch leaf might increase the amount of salt (sodium) that the body retains. This can make high blood pressure worse.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with BIRCH
Birch seems to work like "water pills" by causing the body to lose water. Taking birch along with other "water pills" might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.
Some "water pills" include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.
Be watchful with this combination
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