- What other names is Blackthorn known by?
- What is Blackthorn?
- How does Blackthorn work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Blackthorn.
Despite safety concerns, people take blackthorn flower to treat colds, breathing conditions, cough, fluid retention, general exhaustion, upset stomach, kidney and bladder problems, and constipation; and to treat and prevent stomach spasms. Some people use it to cause sweating. Blackthorn flower is also an ingredient in some "blood cleansing" teas.
Blackthorn berry is used as a mouth rinse (gargle) for mild sore throat and mouth. The syrup and wine of the blackthorn berry are used for emptying the bowels and increasing urine production to relieve fluid retention (as a diuretic). A marmalade made from the berry is used for upset stomach.
Some people apply blackthorn flower directly to the skin for rashes, "skin impurities," and "blood purification."
In foods, blackthorn flower is used in herbal teas as a coloring agent.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Emptying the bowels.
- Fluid retention.
- Sore mouth or throat.
- Breathing problems.
- General exhaustion.
- Upset stomach.
- Kidney and bladder ailments.
- Stomach spasms.
- Promoting sweating.
- "Blood cleansing."
- Rashes, when applied to the skin.
- Other conditions.
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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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE for anyone to take blackthorn by mouth because it contains poisonous chemicals. But it is especially important for pregnant women to avoid using blackthorn because it contains chemicals that can cause birth defects.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011