Uses of Chickweed Some - Interactions occuring with Chickweed
Common Trade Names
Multi-ingredient preparations: Chickweed formula
Available as capsules, the crude herb, liquid extracts (alcohol-free available), oils, ointments, tea bags (caffeine-free), and tinctures.
Components are extracted from the leaves, stems, and flowers of Stellaria media, which is native to Europe.
The active components are mainly unknown. Herbal literature lists various components, such as most of the B complex vitamins, calcium, coumarin, flavonoids (rutin), hydroxycoumarin, iron, nitrate salts, saponins, and vitamins A and C.
None reported. One in vitro animal study isolated two flavonoid components from the herb that possessed antioxidant activity .
This widely occurring "weed" is commonly prescribed by herbalists as a remedy for both internal and external inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatism and skin disorders (eczema and psoriasis), and for its ability to relieve skin irritation and pruritus. Claims have also been made for chickweed as an antipyretic, an antitussive, and an expectorant as well as an excess-fat reducer because of its mild diuretic and laxative effects.
Chickweed has also been used internally as a "blood cleanser" and as a demulcent for soothing sore throats and stomach ulcers. Externally, it has been used as a poultice to help draw out fluid from abscesses and boils and as an ointment or salve to relieve burns, insect stings and bites, and rashes. Chickweed is claimed to be an excellent emollient for dry, chapped skin and to promote early healing of wounds and cuts, but little evidence exists to support these claims.
Contraindications And Precautions
Avoid using chickweed in pregnant or breast-feeding patients; effects are unknown.
Despite widespread claims by herbalists of chickweed's potential value for various ailments, clinical evidence supporting these therapeutic applications is insufficient.
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