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.<br/><br/>

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, blisters, ongoing (chronic) skin problems, and bronchitis.

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

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

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Fresh buttercup is UNSAFE. It may cause severe irritation of the digestive tract, with colic and diarrhea. Irritation of the bladder and urinary tract can also occur. Skin contact may cause blisters and burns that are difficult to heal. It can also increase the risk of sunburn.

Some of the toxins in fresh buttercup might be destroyed in the drying process, but there isn't enough information to know if dried buttercup might be safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s 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 information to know if it’s safe to use dried buttercup. Stay on the safe side and avoid use, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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:

  • Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Trans. S. Klein. Boston, MA: American Botanical Council, 1998.
  • Brinker F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions. 2nd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998.
  • Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

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