How does American Hellebore work?
American hellebore contains chemicals that can help reduce blood pressure, slow the heartbeat, and act as a sedative.
Are there safety concerns?
American hellebore probably isn't safe for anyone. There are many possible side effects including irritation of the mouth and throat lining and slowing of the heartbeat.
Large doses can cause vomiting, diarrhea
, trouble swallowing, nerve problems, blindness
, convulsions, paralysis, trouble breathing, and death.
Do not use American hellebore if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have a heart condition.
- You have a stomach or intestine condition.
Dosing considerations for American Hellebore.
The appropriate dose of American hellebore 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 American hellebore. 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.