Salep

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What other names is Salep known by?

Couillon de Chien, Couillon de Renard, Cuckoo Flower, Damette, Folle Femelle, Levant Salep, Morion, Orchid, Orchis Bouffon, Orchis Casque, Orchis Mascula, Orchis morio, Petite Dame des Prés, Sahlep, Salep Orchid, Saloop, Satirion Femelle, Satyrion, Soupe à Vin.

What is Salep?

Salep is a plant. The root (tuber), powdered and added to water, is used as medicine.

People take salep for digestion problems including heartburn, gas (flatulence), and indigestion. Salep is also used for diarrhea, particularly in children.

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More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of salep 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 Salep work?

Salep contains a mucus-like substance that might help soothe the digestive tract.

Are there safety concerns?

Salep might be safe for most people, but the possible side effects aren't known.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of salep during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Salep.

The appropriate dose of salep 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 salep. 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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