Despite serious safety concerns, people take alpine ragwort to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and spasms. It is also used to control bleeding, especially after tooth extraction.
Some women use it to cause the uterus to contract.
Don’t confuse golden ragwort (Senecio aureus) with alpine ragwort. Both are sometimes called “squaw weed.”
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- High blood pressure.
- Uncontrolled bleeding.
- Other conditions.
It’s also UNSAFE to apply alpine ragwort to broken skin. The dangerous chemicals in alpine ragwort 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 alpine ragwort to unbroken skin. It’s best to avoid use.
Special Precautions and Warnings
It’s also UNSAFE to apply alpine ragwort to broken skin. The dangerous chemicals in alpine ragwort 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 alpine ragwort to unbroken skin. It’s best to avoid use. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to use alpine ragwort preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs during pregnancy. These products might cause birth defects and liver damage.
It’s also UNSAFE to use alpine ragwort 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 alpine ragwort preparation if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Alpine ragwort 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 alpine ragwort.
Liver disease: There is concern that the hepatotoxic PAs in alpine ragwort might make liver disease worse. Stay on the safe side and avoid using any alpine ragwort preparation if you have liver disease.
Medications that increase break down of other medications by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 [CYP3A4] inducers) interacts with ALPINE RAGWORT
Alpine ragwort is broken down by the liver. Some chemicals that form when the liver breaks down alpine ragwort can be harmful. Medications that cause the liver to break down alpine ragwort might enhance the toxic effects of chemicals contained in alpine ragwort.
Some of these medicines include carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin, rifabutin (Mycobutin), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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