- What other names is Canada Balsam known by?
- What is Canada Balsam?
- How does Canada Balsam work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Canada Balsam.
Canada balsam is applied directly to the skin to treat hemorrhoids and kill germs.
Historically, it has been used for burns, sores, cuts, tumors, heart and chest pains, cancer, mucous membrane swelling (inflammation), colds, coughs, warts, wounds, and as a pain-reliever.
In dentistry, Canada balsam is used in root canal sealers and pastes for cleaning teeth.
In foods, Canada balsam is used to flavor foods and beverages.
In manufacturing, Canada balsam is used in cosmetics as a fixative and fragrance and in ointments and creams. It is also used as cement for lenses and prepared microscope slides.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Chest pains.
- Use in dental products.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Canada balsam if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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