- What other names is American Hellebore known by?
- What is American Hellebore?
- How does American Hellebore work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for American Hellebore.
Despite serious safety concerns, American hellebore has been used for epilepsy, spasms, high blood pressure, fever, fluid retention, and nervousness.
In manufacturing, American hellebore has been used as an insecticide.
Don't confuse American hellebore with European hellebore and pheasant's eye (false hellebore).
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Large doses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, trouble swallowing, nerve problems, blindness, convulsions, paralysis, trouble breathing, and death.
Special Precautions & Warnings:It is LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to use American hellebore, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to take American hellebore by mouth or apply it to the skin when pregnant or breast-feeding.
Heart disease: There is some concern that American hellebore could make heart disease worse by slowing the heart rate.
Irritation of the digestive tract: American hellebore can irritate the digestive tract and should not be used by people with a medical condition affecting the stomach or intestines.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011