- What other names is Great Plantain known by?
- What is Great Plantain?
- How does Great Plantain work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Great Plantain.
Great plantain is used for bladder infections, bronchitis, colds, and irritated or bleeding hemorrhoids. It is also used to kill germs and reduce swelling.
Some people apply great plantain directly to the affected area for skin conditions or eye irritation.
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- Common cold. Early research suggests that taking great plantain might help reduce the symptoms of the common cold.
- Ongoing (chronic) bronchitis. Developing evidence suggests that taking great plantain might help treat chronic bronchitis.
- Bladder infections.
- Skin conditions, when applied to the skin.
- Eye irritation, when applied to the eye.
- Other conditions.
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It might be UNSAFE to apply great plantain to the skin. It can cause allergic skin reactions.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use great plantain if you are pregnant. Great plantain can affect the uterus and might increase the chance of having a miscarriage.
Not enough is known about the safety of using great plantain if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Melon allergy: People who are allergic to melons might also be allergic to great plantain. Avoid use if you have this type of allergy.
Plantain allergy: Avoid using great plantain if you are allergic to any member of the plantain family.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Great plantain contains large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, great plantain might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
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