Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Wintergreen

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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Gaultheria procumbens

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Leaves
  • Roots
  • Stems

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Methyl salicylate
  • Monotropitoside

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Blocks impulses to pain center in brain.
  • Irritates stomach.

Miscellaneous information:

  • Toxicity is unlikely unless you consume very large amounts of the entire plant.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Relieves headache.
  • Treats toothache.
  • Treats pain of sprains and bruises.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Don’t take if you:

  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.

Consult your doctor if you:

  • Take this herb for any medical problem that doesn’t improve in 2 weeks. There may be safer, more-effective treatments.
  • Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.

Pregnancy:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Breast-feeding:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Infants and children:

  • Treating infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation is hazardous.

Others:

  • None expected if you are beyond childhood and under 45, not pregnant, basically healthy and take for only a short time.

Storage:

  • Keep cool and dry, but don’t freeze. Store safely away from children.

Safe dosage:

  • At present no “safe” dosage has been established.

TOXICITY

  • Rated slightly dangerous, particularly in children, persons over 55 and those who take larger than appropriate quantities for extended periods of time.

ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

  • None expected

From the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1988 by Fisher Books; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange

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