Arum

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What other names is Arum known by?

Adder's Root, Aro, Aro Maculado, Arum maculatum, Arum Tacheté, Bobbins, Chandelle, Cocky Baby, Cornet, Cuckoo Pint, Cypress Powder, Dragon Root, Friar's Cowl, Gaglee, Gouet, Gouet Commun, Gouet Tacheté, Herbe à Pain, Kings and Queens, Ladysmock, Langue de Bœuf, Lords and Ladies, Manteau de la Sainte Vierge, Pain de Pourceau, Parson and Clerk, Pied de Veau, Pilette, Portland Arrowroot, Quaker, Ramp, Starchwort, Vachotte, Wake Robin, Yaro.

What is Arum?

Arum is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, arum is used for colds and swelling (inflammation) of the throat. It is also used to promote sweating and to loosen chest congestion.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Colds.
  • Throat swelling (inflammation).
  • Loosening chest congestion.
  • Promoting sweating.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of arum 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 Arum work?

There isn't enough information to know how arum works.

Are there safety concerns?

Arum is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The root has poisonous chemicals that can cause a swollen tongue. These chemicals can also cause bloody vomiting and bloody diarrhea, which are signs of dangerous bleeding inside the body.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to take arum by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It contains poisonous chemicals. Don't use it.

Dosing considerations for Arum.

The appropriate dose of arum 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 arum. 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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