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.

Overview

Overview Information

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

Chickweed is used for stomach and bowel problems, lung diseases, wounds and skin ulcers, joint pain, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Chickweed is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in the amounts found in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if chickweed is safe to use in larger, medicinal amounts. Very high doses of chickweed have caused paralysis in some people, but it is possible that the chickweed used in these cases was contaminated.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chickweed is safe or what the side effects might be. Some people are allergic to chickweed.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chickweed is safe to use when 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:

  • Guil, J. L., Rodriguez-Garcia, I., and Torija, E. Nutritional and toxic factors in selected wild edible plants. Plant Foods Hum.Nutr. 1997;51(2):99-107. View abstract.

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