Delphinium

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What other names is Delphinium known by?

Bec d'Oiseau, Consolida regalis, Dauphinelle, Delphinii Flos, Delphinium consolida, Éperon de Chevalier, Espuela de Caballero, Knight's Spur, Lark Heel, Lark's Claw, Larkspur, Lark's Toe, Pied d'Alouette, Ritterspornblüten, Staggerweed.

What is Delphinium?

Delphinium is an herb. People use the flower to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, delphinium is used to treat intestinal worms, fluid retention, poor appetite, and trouble sleeping (insomnia). It is also used as a sedative to cause relaxation.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Intestinal worms.
  • Water retention.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Poor appetite.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of delphinium for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Delphinium work?

There currently isn't enough information available to know how delphinium might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Delphinium is UNSAFE for use as a medicine. It can cause slowing of the heart rate, low blood pressure, and lung failure.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Delphinium is UNSAFE for anyone to use, but women who are pregnant or breast-feeding have the health of their babies as extra reasons to avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Delphinium.

The appropriate dose of delphinium 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 delphinium. 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.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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