People use cudweed for conditions such as high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, gut infections, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse cudweed (Gnaphalium uliginosum) with cat's foot (Antennaria dioica), which is also known as cudweed. Also, don't confuse cudweed (Gnaphalium uliginosum) with Pilosella officinarum; both are sometimes called mouse ear.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Blood clots.
- Constipation or hemorrhoids, when used as an enema.
- Cough, tonsillitis.
- Depression, sleep problems, anxiety.
- Diarrhea, gut infections.
- Diseases of the mouth or throat, when used as a gargle or rinse.
- High blood pressure.
- Stomach ulcers.
- Wounds, ulcers, burns, or head lice, when used topically.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Cudweed 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 cudweed.
Diabetes: Cudweed might lower blood sugar. There is a chance that cudweed might interfere with blood sugar control and might lower blood sugar too much. If you have diabetes and use cudweed, monitor your blood sugar carefully.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CUDWEED
Cudweed might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking cudweed along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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