Sweet Vernal Grass

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What other names is Sweet Vernal Grass known by?

Anthoxanthum odoratum, Chiendent Odorant, Flouve Odorante, Grass, Spring Grass.

What is Sweet Vernal Grass?

Sweet vernal grass is a plant. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, people take sweet vernal grass for headache, nausea, sleeplessness, and conditions of the urinary tract.

In Russia, sweet vernal grass is used as an ingredient in certain brandies.

In foods, sweet vernal grass is used as a flavoring agent.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Headache.
  • Nausea.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sweet vernal grass 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 Sweet Vernal Grass work?

Sweet vernal grass contains ingredients that can thin the blood.

Are there safety concerns?

Sweet vernal grass is UNSAFE. It contains a chemical that can slow blood clotting. In addition, sweet vernal grass can cause side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, sleeplessness, and liver problems.

There isn't enough information available to know whether it is safe to apply sweet vernal grass directly to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

It is UNSAFE for anyone to use sweet vernal grass, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take sweet vernal grass if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It contains a chemical that might slow blood clotting.

Surgery: Sweet vernal grass can slow blood clotting. There is concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using sweet vernal grass at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Sweet vernal grass can slow blood clotting. Taking sweet vernal grass along with medications that also slow clotting can increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Dosing considerations for Sweet Vernal Grass.

The appropriate dose of sweet vernal grass 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 sweet vernal grass. 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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