BUTTERCUP

OTHER NAME(S):

Acrid Crowfoot, Bachelor's Buttons, Blisterweed, Botón de Oro, Bouton d'Or, Burrwort, Globe Amaranth, Gold Cup, Meadow Buttercup, Meadowbloom, Ranunculus acris, Ranunculus acris subsp. friesianus, Ranunculus friesianus, Renoncule Âcre, Tall Buttercup, Yellows, Yellowweed.

Overview

Overview Information

Buttercup is a plant. People dry the parts that grow above the ground and use them for medicine. Fresh preparations are very irritating and should not be used.

Despite safety concerns, buttercup is used for arthritis, nerve pain, skin problems, and swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis), but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

Buttercup contains toxins that are very irritating to the skin and the lining of the mouth, stomach, and intestines. There is not enough information to know how buttercup might work for medicinal uses.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Arthritis.
  • Blisters.
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis).
  • Ongoing (chronic) skin problems.
  • Nerve pain.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of buttercup for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Fresh buttercup is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. It may cause severe irritation of the digestive tract, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other possible side effects include irritation of the bladder and urinary tract, abnormal heartbeat, headache, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.

Some of the toxins in fresh buttercup might be destroyed when buttercup is dried. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if dried buttercup is safe or what the side effects might be.

When applied to the skin: Fresh buttercup is LIKELY UNSAFE when applied to the skin. Skin contact can cause blisters and burns. Some are difficult to heal. It can also increase the risk of sunburn. Some of the toxins in fresh buttercup might be destroyed when buttercup is dried. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if dried buttercup is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to use fresh buttercup, especially if you are pregnant. Buttercup might cause the uterus to contract, and that could cause a miscarriage. There isn't enough reliable information to know if dried buttercup 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 BUTTERCUP Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of buttercup 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 buttercup. 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:

  • de Maere d'Aertrycke O, Le Polain de Waroux JB, Hantson P, de Bergeyck R. Recurrent supraventricular tachyarrhythmia following Ranunculus acris ("Meadow Buttercup") ingestion. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2020;58(7):780-781. View abstract.

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