Frostwort

What other names is Frostwort known by?

Ciste du Canada, Cistus canadensis, Frost Plant, Frostweed, Hélianthème du Canada, Helianthemum, Helianthemum canadense, Rock-Rose, Sun Rose.

What is Frostwort?

Frostwort is an herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take frostwort for digestion problems.

Frostwort is sometimes applied directly to the skin for ulcers.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Digestive problems.
  • Skin ulcers, when applied directly.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of frostwort 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 Frostwort work?

Frostwort might help reduce skin pain and swelling (inflammation) and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if frostwort is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

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

Dosing considerations for Frostwort.

The appropriate dose of frostwort 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 frostwort. 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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011

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