Groundsel

How does Groundsel work?

There isn't enough information to know how groundsel might work.

Are there safety concerns?

Groundsel is UNSAFE for anyone to use. There's a lot of concern about using groundsel as medicine, because it contains chemicals called hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which may block blood flow in the veins, causing liver damage. Hepatotoxic PAs might also cause cancer and birth defects. Groundsel preparations that are not certified and labeled "hepatotoxic PA-free" are considered UNSAFE.

It's also UNSAFE to apply groundsel to broken skin. The dangerous chemicals in groundsel can be absorbed quickly through broken skin and can lead to dangerous body-wide toxicity. Steer clear of skin products that aren't certified and labeled "hepatotoxic PA-free." There isn't enough information to know if it's safe to apply groundsel to unbroken skin. It's best to avoid use.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use groundsel preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs during pregnancy. These products might cause birth defects and liver damage.

It's also UNSAFE to use groundsel preparations that might contain hepatotoxic PAs if you are breast-feeding. These chemicals can pass into breast-milk and might harm the nursing infant.

It's not known whether products that are certified hepatotoxic PA-free are safe to use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using any groundsel preparation if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Groundsel may cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking groundsel.

Liver disease: There is concern that the hepatotoxic PAs in groundsel might make liver disease worse.


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