- What other names is Asarum known by?
- What is Asarum?
- How does Asarum work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Asarum.
Despite serious safety concerns, asarabacca is used for bronchitis, bronchial spasms, and bronchial asthma. It is also used to treat coughs, pneumonia, chest pain (angina), migraines, liver disease, and dehydration. Some people use it to cause vomiting. Women use it to start their menstrual periods and cause an abortion.
Don't confuse Asarum with bitter milkwort or senega. All three are sometimes called snakeroot.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Chest pain (angina).
- Migraine headaches.
- Liver diseases.
- Causing vomiting.
- Starting the menstrual period.
- Other conditions.
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Asarum that is not contaminated with aristolochic acid is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts or for longer durations. Large amount of Asarum, even if it is free from contamination, may cause nausea, vomiting, burning of the tongue, diarrhea, rash, and paralysis.
Asarum is UNSAFE when taken by mouth for any length of time if it's contaminated with the chemical aristolochic acid. This chemical can damage the kidney or cause cancer.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to take Asarum if you are pregnant. It might start your period or cause the uterus to contract. These effects might cause a miscarriage. Avoid use.
Not enough is known about what effects Asarum might have on a nursing infant if taken while breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Stomach or intestinal (gastrointestinal, GI) problems: Asarum can irritate the GI tract. Don't use it if you have ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, or Crohn's disease.
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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011