CHICKWEED

OTHER NAME(S):

Alsine media, Capiqui, Fleur en Satin, Herbe de Langue, Hierba Gallinera, Morgeline, Mouron des Oiseaux, Pamplina, Star Chickweed, Starweed, Stellaire Intermédiaire, Stellaire Moyenne, Stellaria media.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Chickweed is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine.

People take chickweed for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain.

Chickweed is sometimes applied directly to the skin for skin problems including boils, abscesses, and ulcers.

In foods, chickweed is eaten in salads or served as cooked greens.

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how chickweed might work. While some people try chickweed for a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, the amount of vitamin C in chickweed is too small to be effective.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Constipation.
  • Asthma.
  • Stomach and bowel problems.
  • Obesity.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Skin conditions including boils, abscesses, and ulcers, when applied directly to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chickweed for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Chickweed is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth, but the potential side effects are not known. It is not known if applying chickweed to the skin is safe or what the potential side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chickweed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for CHICKWEED Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of chickweed 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 chickweed. 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:

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