How does Saffron work?

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

Are there safety concerns?

Saffron seems safe for most people when used as a medicine. Some potential side effects include anxiety, drowsiness, change in appetite, and headache. Allergic reactions can occur in some people.

Ingesting large amounts of saffron can cause poisoning including yellow appearance of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes; vomiting; dizziness; bloody diarrhea; bleeding from the nose, lips, and eyelids; numbness; and other serious side effects.

Do not take saffron if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are allergic to related plants such as Lolium, Olea, or Salsola.
  • You have bipolar disorder.

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