CANADA BALSAM

OTHER NAME(S):

Abies balsamea, Balm of Gilead, Balsam Canada, Balsam, Balsam Fir, Balsam Fir Canada, Balsam of Fir, Bálsamo de Canadá, Baume de Galaad, Baume de Galahad, Baume de Gilead, Baume du Canada, Canada Turpentine, Canadian Balsam, Eastern Fir, Fir Balsam, Gomme de Sapin, Pinus balsamea, Résine du Sapin Baumier, Térébenthine, Térébenthine du Canada.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Canada balsam is a plant. People use it for medicine.

People use Canada balsam for burns, sores, cold symptoms, pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Canada balsam is also used as a food additive, in manufacturing, and in dentistry.

How does it work?

Canada balsam contains chemicals that kill some types of bacteria and cancer cells.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Canada balsam for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Canada balsam is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food. Canada balsam needles and twigs are considered safe for making food flavoring. However, there isn't enough information to know if Canada balsam is safe when taken by mouth in amounts greater than those typically found in foods.

When applied to the skin: Canada balsam is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when applied to the skin. There aren't any known harmful side effects of Canada balsam, but it hasn't been well researched by scientists.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Canada balsam is safe to use in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for CANADA BALSAM Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Canada balsam for use as treatment 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 Canada balsam. 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:

  • Legault, J., Dahl, W., Debiton, E., Pichette, A., and Madelmont, J. C. Antitumor activity of balsam fir oil: production of reactive oxygen species induced by alpha-humulene as possible mechanism of action. Planta Med. 2003;69(5):402-407. View abstract.
  • Pichette, A., Larouche, P. L., Lebrun, M., and Legault, J. Composition and antibacterial activity of Abies balsamea essential oil. Phytother.Res. 2006;20(5):371-373. View abstract.
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=182
  • Herbal Materia Medica 4.0. website: www.herb.com/materia.htm (Acessed 6 August 1999).

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