Black Mustard

How does Black Mustard work?

There is not enough information available to know how black mustard might work for medical conditions. Black mustard contains chemicals that might initially reduce pain when applied to the skin. But prolonged application to the skin might cause skin irritation and burning.

Are there safety concerns?

Black mustard is safe when consumed as part of a food such as mustard. But there is not enough information to know if using black mustard for medical uses is safe.

When applied to the skin, especially for prolonged periods, black mustard can cause skin blisters and skin damage.

Taking excessive amounts of black mustard seed by mouth can damage the throat and also cause other serious side effects including heart failure, diarrhea, drowsiness, breathing difficulties, coma, and death.

Do not use black mustard in medicinal amounts if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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