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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Chenopodium ambrosioides

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Roots
  • Berries/fruits

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Ascaridol
  • Calcium
  • Cymene
  • d-camphor
  • l-limonene
  • Saponin
  • Terpene
  • Vitamins A and C
  • Volatile oils

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Inhibits growth and development of germs.
  • Decreases blood pressure.
  • Decreases heart rate.
  • Depresses central nervous system.
  • Decreases stomach contractions.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Is used externally as a poultice.
  • Treats arthritis.
  • Kills intestinal parasites.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Don’t take if you:

  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.
  • Have any chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract, such as stomach or duodenal ulcers, esophageal reflux (reflux esophagitis), ulcerative colitis, spastic colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis.

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 under 45, not pregnant, basically healthy, take it for only a short time and do not exceed manufacturer’s recommended dosage.

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.

  • For symptoms of toxicity: See ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS section below.

ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

Signs and symptoms: What to do:
Breathing difficulties Seek emergency treatment.
Drowsiness Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Headache Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Hearing problems Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Nausea Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Ringing in ears Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Slow heartbeat Seek emergency treatment.
Stomach ulcers Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Vision problems Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Vomiting Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.

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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