SCURVY GRASS

OTHER NAME(S):

Cochléaire, Cochléaire Officinale, Cochlearia officinalis, Coclearia, Cranson, Cranson Officinal, Herbe aux Cuill&egrave;res, Herbe au Scorbut, Hierba del Escorbuto, Scrubby Grass, Spoonwort.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Scurvy grass is an herb. Its leaves and flowering parts are used to make medicine.

Scurvy grass gets its name from the fact that sailors used to take it to prevent a disease called scurvy. People get scurvy when they don’t get enough vitamin C (vitamin C deficiency), which is found in citrus fruits. Scurvy was a frequent problem among sailors who couldn’t get fresh fruit while at sea.

People take scurvy grass for vitamin C deficiency, gout, arthritis, stomachache, and fluid retention. It is also used as a “blood purifier.”

Some people apply scurvy grass directly to the affected area for skin irritations, canker sores, and gum disease.

Scurvy grass (Cochlearia officinalis) is sometimes called watercress. Be careful not to confuse it with watercress (Nasturtium officinale). You can tell the difference because scurvy grass flowers have a strong fragrance and taste when they are rubbed.

How does it work?

Scurvy grass contains a high concentration of vitamin C. It may also be able to fight bacteria and act as a laxative.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Vitamin C deficiency.
  • Gout.
  • Arthritis.
  • Stomachache.
  • Skin irritation, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Gum disease, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of scurvy grass for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information available to know if scurvy grass is safe. It can cause stomach and intestinal irritation when large amounts are taken by mouth. It can also irritate the skin when applied directly to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of scurvy grass during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

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  • Lithium interacts with SCURVY GRASS

    Scurvy grass might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking scurvy grass might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of scurvy grass 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 scurvy grass. 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.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Chevallier A. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. 2nd ed. New York, NY: DK Publ, Inc., 2000.

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