Arrach

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What other names is Arrach known by?

Arroche Puante, Chénopode Fétide, Chénopode Puant, Chenopodium vulvaria, Dog's Arrach, Goat's Arrach, Goosefoot, Herbe de Bouc, Netchweed, Oraches, Stinking Arrach, Stinking Goosefoot, Stinking Motherwort, Vulvaire.

What is Arrach?

Arrach is a plant. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

Women take arrach to relieve menstrual cramps and also to trigger menstrual flow.

Some women apply arrach directly to the skin to treat cramps.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Starting menstrual flow.
  • Menstrual cramps, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of arrach 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 Arrach work?

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

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if arrach is safe. Arrach can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Are there any interactions with medications?



Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Arrach might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Taking arrach along with medication that increases sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering, or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.

Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).

Dosing considerations for Arrach.

The appropriate dose of arrach 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 arrach. 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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