- What other names is Gelsemium known by?
- What is Gelsemium?
- How does Gelsemium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Gelsemium.
Despite serious safety concerns, the root and underground stem (rhizome) of gelsemium are used to make medicine. Gelsemium is used as a painkiller for migraine headaches and for face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) caused by certain facial nerves. It is also used for asthma and other breathing problems.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Pain due to migraine headaches.
- Pain due to a condition of facial nerves called trigeminal neuralgia.
- Other conditions.
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headache, vision problems, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, muscle problems, seizures, breathing problems, slowing of the heart, and others.
Special Precautions & Warnings:It is UNSAFE for anyone to use gelsemium, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:
Children: Do not give gelsemium to children. It can poison them, even in very small amounts.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use gelsemium. It is very poisonous.
Heart disease and weakness: Gelsemium is especially dangerous if you have a heart problem.
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